CNADP Writer’s Bureau
Do you have something to say?
We want to help you say it! Please consider joining the CNADP’s letter to the editor (LTE) bureau. Throughout the fall and into the 2012 legislative session, CNADP will be hosting educational events that attract media attention and working to place op eds about various death penalty issues. It is essential that there is positive reception to these news pieces in the form of LTE’s. That’s where you can come in!
By signing up to the a part of the CNADP’s LTE bureau we’ll track media stories in your neighborhood, alert you to opportunities to submit a letter, then help you submit a letter that’s likely to be published and helps advance our work for repeal.
If you’re interested in being involved, please contact our letters coordinator Colleen Cunningham with Equal Justice USAat firstname.lastname@example.org
Death penalty deterrence factor far from proven
Published by the CT Post, Thursday, February 3, 2011
In a recent op-ed, Chris DeSanctis said opinion polls show majority support for the death penalty. However, when we get beyond our gut reaction to terrible crimes, and look at the real-life workings of our death penalty system, we find a system that is ineffective, expensive and risks putting innocent people to death. Mr. DeSanctis mentioned a couple of studies that show the death penalty has a deterrent effect, and concludes that the “academic world is onto something.” However, there are numerous studies that show just the opposite. Anecdotal evidence doesn’t support any deterrence theory: the regions of the country that execute most often consistently have the highest crime rates. In a 2009 poll of chiefs of police, the majority of these experts said the death penalty does nothing to stop violent offenders. We simply cannot justify the death penalty on deterrent grounds.
What we know for sure is that the death penalty is much more expensive than life without parole. InConnecticutwe pay more than $4 million each year to keep the death penalty, even though we’ve only had one execution in the last half-century. I’d much rather my tax dollars went to more effective and efficient programs.
Finally, there will always be the possibility that we sentence an innocent person to death. We’ve seen four innocent men freed from murder charges in the last two years. As long as humans administer our justice system, mistakes will be made. I hopeConnecticutadmits what many states and nations have already figured out: the death penalty is much more trouble than it’s worth.
Renee C. Redman
End The Death Penalty So Innocents Will Not Die
Published in theHartfordCourant April 21, 2010
In 1993,New Havenshopkeeper Eugenio Deleon Vega was murdered. Two years later, Ronald Taylor and George Gould were convicted of his killing and sentenced to 80 years in jail. A few weeks ago, Taylor and Gould received their rightful freedom and walked out of jail, thanks to an eyewitness recanting her original testimony and the introduction of DNA evidence.
Most of us can only imagine the life of an innocent person wrongfully serving 16 years in prison.Connecticuthas no shortage of wrongful convictions. Just last year, Miguel Roman and Kenneth Ireland were both exonerated after serving more than 20 years each for murder, crimes that DNA ultimately proved they did not commit.
These recent exonerations reflect a deeply flawed system that has the potential to take the life of an innocent person. AcrossAmerica, 139 individuals on death rows have been exonerated. Is American justice that blind?
This great country of ours could improve itself immensely by dismantling the death penalty and finally washing the blood of the innocent off its hands.
Joan Kemble, Glastonbury