Friday, February 01, 2008

A Fate Worse than Death?

The Associated Press: Michael Devlin Moved to New Prison People say you have to have the death penalty as a deterrent.
A former pizza shop manager who kidnapped two boys was moved to a prison in northwest Missouri Wednesday to begin serving his 74 life sentences in solitary confinement.
I think this would actually be worse.
He's confined to his cell almost all the time, Corrections Department spokesman Brian Hauswirth said. He can have one magazine and one newspaper, and some sacred readings, but no hardback books. He has no TV, no radio, and no computer.

Devlin eats alone, though he gets the same meal as other inmates. He gets one hour of recreation — by himself — three times a week. He can shower every third day. He can receive visitors, but must meet with them through glass. He has no contact with other inmates.
Aside from the fact that this is a pretty horrible existence, I don't trust the government enough to give them the authority to kill people. Too many times it has been shown that the system has problems.

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