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New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed a bill Wednesday repealing the death penalty in his state, his office confirmed.
"Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime," Richardson said in a statement Wednesday.
"If the State is going to undertake this awesome responsibility, the system to impose this ultimate penalty must be perfect and can never be wrong."
The bill replaces the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole.
"Faced with the reality that our system for imposing the death penalty can never be perfect, my conscience compels me to replace the death penalty with a solution that keeps society safe," he said.
Originally posted by Donnie Darko
I think this is a good move, I hope the other states follow.
I don't know why people think the death penalty is such a nice thing, it does nothing for the victims ...
Originally posted by awake_awoke
I completely oppose the death penalty. No exceptions.
I formed this opinion after seeing so many Holocaust survivors (like Elie Wisel or Viktor Frankl, etc) who fervently oppose capital punishment because of what their experience has taught them about life.
Mother Teresa, PJPII, Nelson Mandela....all had very profound things to say in this regard. Only God can give life...only God can take it away.
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"......
We'll get there
Originally posted by skeptic1
reply to post by pluckynoonez
Do you know how loud and obnoxious groups like the ACLU would get if prisoners were actually forced into "hard labor" while locked up? I mean, they can't be made to do what they did before.....chain gangs and all are so 1920s. :shk:
Suicide....I'd go for that. But, then, all the prisons would have to be investigated for inhumane conditions and lack of supervision, not to mention over-crowding and lack of security measures. :shk:
Like I said, nothing is perfect and nothing ever will be. But, as a taxpayer, I shouldn't have to pay for housing, food, and "upkeep" of a murderers and child killers for the rest of their worthless lives.
The death penalty is much deserved in some cases, and with DNA advances and witness testimony, it can be proven at about 99.7%. Don't let them sit there for 20 years on death row with umpteen appeals......then, it wouldn't cost so much.
.....and, yes, I applied snarkiness in the above....