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April 23, 2009 Editorial: 'Can Oregon Afford the Death Penalty?'--as School Funding is Reduced

An editorial The Daily Astorian, contrasts the state’s use of funds for the death penalty to the state's reduction in funding for education.  “The glaring contrast to our unquestioning spending on the death penalty - which Judge Lipscomb called ‘this largely futile attempt’ - is our disinvestment in education,” the paper noted.  “Investment in education is about the future, and it is about hope. Investment in prisons and especially in the death penalty is about a final reckoning, an admission of gross failure.

April 19: Oregonian Report: Can Oregon afford the death penalty?

In 1988, 18-year-old Randy Lee Guzek became the youngest person in Oregon history on death row.  Today, Guzek has another distinction: Oregon's most expensive death row inmate. The taxpayers' tab for Guzek's legal bills stands at $2.2 million -- and it's still growing.

Read the full article here:

http://www.oregonlive.com/news/index.ssf/2009/04/can_oregon_afford_the_d...

 

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