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The proposal to return to capital punishment is worrying

11 July, 2019

• I CANNOT begin to describe to you how disturbing I find it that a former police officer would attach his name publicly to a desire to return to state executions, (Is it time to bring back the death penalty for murder? July 4).

Retired detective sergeant Michael R Dillon has clearly never looked at any of the many studies which shows that capital punishment is a far more expensive process than keeping a prisoner locked up. The other thing he appears to have overlooked is the concern around wrongful convictions.

If we had reintroduced capital punishment before the year 2000, presumably he would have been pleased to see Barry George face the gallows for the murder of Jill Dando? But let’s ignore the fact that Mr George was acquitted after spending seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

Instead of the £1.4million pounds the government had to pay Mr George, I wonder what Mr Dillon suggests the government should have given to Mr George’s relatives?



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