Thursday, December 06, 2007

New Jersey To Become A permanent Member Of The Civilised World. Death Penalty To Go

Let's face it, if "a bullet in the back of the head" Russia can do away with capital punishment then anyone can.
On a personal note I would prefer a quick one to the noggin than to face what in some circumstances might be four or five decades in some American hell hole of a prison.

New Jersey is preparing to scrap the death penalty next week, becoming the first U.S. state to legislatively abolish capital punishment since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated it in 1976.

State legislators will vote on Monday and Thursday on bills that would end the death penalty and substitute life without parole for the most serious crimes. Lawmakers say the measure is likely to be approved.

A legislative commission recommended in January that the death penalty be abolished, saying there was no evidence it deterred the most serious crimes. Life without parole cost less, and capital punishment is "inconsistent with evolving standards of decency," the commission said.more

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