Rarely used death penalty should be abolished
Date posted: January 31, 2014
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.