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Death penalty should be abolished

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Dear Editor:

In 2006 the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) adopted its position supporting abolition of the death penalty. The League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) concurs with this position and supported legislation in 2013 to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. This legislation was not passed.

Our local League supports the LWVUS and LWVCO positions supporting the abolition of the death penalty for the following reasons:

• The death penalty is not a deterrent. States without the death penalty have crime rates equal to or less than those with the death penalty.

• The death penalty is prone to error to an extent that is unacceptable. A death penalty cannot be corrected if carried out on an innocent person.

• The death penalty is much more expensive than the closest alternative -- the imprisonment with no parole.

• The death penalty has proven to be unfair as it is often poor people and members of ethnic and racial minority groups who cannot afford good lawyers who receive the death penalty.

Karen Connor
President
LWV of Montrose
and Delta counties

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