After the recent discovery of the two bodies of the missing young Evansdale cousins, it’s expected — and even understandable — why lawmakers and even some of the public would view the resurrection of the death penalty as a good plan,” Dave Seavy wrote in a Gazette guest column published Thursday. “If there ever was a case justifying the death penalty, this is it.
“Putting emotions and politics aside, however, common sense and pure logic tells me Iowa is much better off without such a penalty,” says Seavy, a freelance writer and author.
“For openers, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, it’s been shown that states with the death penalty have a higher number of murders than those without it. It isn’t the deterrent we thought it to be.
“Second, budgets are stretched to the outermost limits. In California, for example, the penalty cost about $140 million a year! Trying and carrying out a death penalty case is not fiscally responsible. Life-without-parole sentences, costing about $90,000 a year per inmate, require far less legal scrutiny than a capital conviction, thereby keep courts available for other matters.
“We’ve also seen many people being released from death row because of exoneration after the fact. There will never be a perfect criminal justice system. Judges and juries are made of men and women, and mistakes are bound to happen. We’re human, and as such, it’s an impossible task to put all emotions aside and operate strictly with logic and common-sense,” Seavy adds.
Read more of his column via the links above. What do you think? Is Iowa really better off without the death penalty?