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Killers Who Kill Again

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The death penalty is generally thought to serve three functions: deterrence, retribution, and incapacitation. On incapacitation, opponents say that the death penalty is not necessary because life imprisonment guarantees a killer will not kill again.

This year may see the execution of two killers who disprove the latter point. Life imprisonment is not 100% effective as incapacitation. In today's orders list, the Supreme Court denied an original habeas petition from Rogelio Cannady, who killed again within prison. AP has this story. Also in the final stages of litigation is Jeffrey Landrigan, who killed again after escaping from prison.

The recidivism rate among executed murderers is 0.00000000%.

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"On incapacitation, opponents say that the death penalty is not necessary because life imprisonment guarantees a killer will not kill again."

That this claim is false has been known for years, and was proved in two notorious cases from years ago, Kenneth McDuff and Clarence Ray Allen.

Of course it's nice, in a sick sort of way, to have fresh evidence. The problem is that, to abolitionists, evidence doesn't matter.

I believe there's a killer on death row in Missouri who escaped and killed again.

Absent Atkins & Simmons issues, that should be a mandatory death sentence.

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