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Rarely used death penalty should be abolished

Re: Sheridan Press, Jan. 23

There was a brief mention of State Senator Bruce Burns’ idea of substituting the firing squad for the construction of a new gas chamber for the execution of the death penalty in Wyoming. While this has been the subject of some humor in some places, I think it would be a good time to consider why we still have the death penalty in Wyoming.

This is a cruel form of punishment which does not reduce crime. A person may sit in a death row for years as appeals go on, never knowing what day may be the last. It is also a very expensive procedure.

The death penalty is rarely used in Wyoming. I would hope that it would be abolished.


Harriet Elkington



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