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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Reinstatement of Death Penalty in New York Appears Unlikely

The DPIC has two stories on the possible reinstatement of the death penalty in New York.  The first report here shows that a number of key legislators who favored the death penalty when it was first reinstated in 1995 now oppose it, and think that the ten-year experiment with capital punishment, now set to expire, will not be extended.  The second report here describes a New York Times poll showing that 56% of New Yorkers are no longer in favor of the death penalty.  [Mark Godsey]

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What's changed? Everyone knew in 1995 that the death penalty was expensive, time consuming, and very difficult to get right. They knew then that they were buying a program which would require a lot of effort for a small number of executions way, way off into the future.

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