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Expensive, cruel and unusual

January 24, 2011

The death penalty is not only cruel, but also unjust and expensive. Fortunately, in the US, it is also becoming more and more unusual.

According to Amnesty International, in 2011, more US states than ever are poised to end the death penalty legislatively. Urge Governor Pat Quinn to make Illinois the first state to abolish the death penalty this year!

For ten years, Illinois has had a moratorium on executions, because of the error-prone nature of its capital punishment system.  It has become clear in the last decade that these problems cannot be fixed. For starters, there just isn’t any way you can un-execute someone. Mistakes cannot be undone with a simple ctrl+z, and, alas, rebooting the system will not make neither criminals nor innocent people rise from their graves.

However, abolishing the death penalty will save quite a few lives, both innocent and the opposite in the future. It might also save enormous amounts of taxpayer dollars, which can then be spent on more effective policies for preventing and reducing serious crime.

Death penalty abolition in Illinois has now won the support of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The legislation is now sitting on Governor Pat Quinn’s desk and he could decide any day whether to sign or veto the bill.

Help Governor Quinn save both lives and money. E-mail him today and ask that he sign the bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois once and for all!

Graphics: Mark Taylor (loswl). CC Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivs

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