Thursday, May 14, 2009

Another Exoneration

(CNN) -- Former death row inmate Paul House woke to laughter and cries of joy from his mother on Tuesday, the day he learned he was a free man.

"You've been exonerated," his mother, Joyce House, told him, shaking him awake.

"Took 'em long enough," he replied, after taking a moment to process the information.


According to the Death Penalty Information Center, Mr. House is the 132nd death row inmate to be exonerated since 1973. How much more evidence do we need before we realize that capital punishment is failed public policy? Evidently a lot more. Ten states considered abolition this year; so far only one, New Mexico, succeeded.

The financial and moral costs are too great to sustain this failed policy. One day....

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