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The Assault on California's Death Penalty

Assemblyman Donald Wagner has this post at Flash Report on the cost-based attack on California's death penalty:

Democrats have mounted an effort in Sacramento to abolish the death penalty. Critics of capital punishment say it is too expensive - allegedly up to $184 million per year - to justify sentencing miscreants to death. Thus, a bill has been introduced calling for a referendum abolishing capital punishment in favor of life imprisonment. Soon it will be on the floor for a final vote where I expect the ruling Democrats to rubber stamp it.

Death penalty critics are right in both of their major challenges to keeping it on the books: it is too costly and too haphazardly implemented. However, those critics are wrong to say that the solution therefore is its elimination. We can fix both of those problems; indeed we have a moral obligation to fix those problems rather than abandon capital punishment.

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