Death Penalty terminated in NJ


nj-death-penalty-corzine.jpgNot sure if this is even important, but NJ Governor (and Hoboken resident) Jon Corzine signed legislation yesterday that replaced the death penalty with life in prison without parole.

He claimed the new law will bring savings to the economy, and makes NJ the first state in over 40 years to remove the penalty while alleviating some of the “pressure” on the state justice system.

Corzine said that New Jersey has evolved beyond the morally incorrect punishment of killing those who commit the “heinous” crime of murder, calling yesterday “a day of progress” for the millions of people worldwide that reject capital punishment.

It’s been nearly 45 years since NJ executed a prisoner (although the death penalty was absent for a period until 1982). Due to prolonged trials and legal trickery, the eight current prisoners lined up for their last mile were spared, and now will have to die in confinement instead.

The “NJ Death Penalty Study Commission” determined that it’s cheaper to keep the prisoners alive, rather than execute them, indicating that estimated costs for death row inmates was over $72k per year versus $40k for “regular” prisoners. I wonder how much it cost to form that commission. I bet the savings were gobbled up right there.

Some random “murder math” for the United States: For the past 20 years, there have been an average of about 20,000 murders per year. Say half are caught, convicted and jailed. One year of imprisonment for each of the newly jailed murderers costs the country (based on NJ’s stats) over $400 million dollars.

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[quote]thank you! this is the overriding problem everywhere! Once you’ve been convicted and lost your appeal why the hell should you get to keep milking the system? [/quote]

Sure some people abuse the system, but when I think about the fact that some people really are wrongly accused, that makes a difference to me.

I went to jury duty in Jersey City a couple years back. If you haven’t had the pleasure, look forward to it. After overhearing some of the conversations while I was waiting, what happened on Jerry Springer yesterday for example. I considered the fact that some of these people could end up deciding someone’s fate. That’s a pretty frightening thought.

Like I said, you can’t undo dead.

Member A. Probable Innocence – Released From Prison ——————————————————————————– Other defendants, though not exonerated completely, were released from death row with substantial evidence of their innocence. Generally, the defendant’s conviction was overturned and then he or she reluctantly entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge because of the threat of possibly receiving another death sentence. In most of these cases, no responsible person would find them guilty. Nevertheless, unlike those enumerated above, they are technically guilty of some degree of murder. This list is not necessarily inclusive of all such cases. Larry Dean Smith Oklahoma Conviction: 1978, Released: 1984 Smith was convicted of the murder of a man who burned to death in a camper pick-up truck. Although he at first admitted his involvement in the related robbery, he maintained he had nothing to do with the murder. The U.S. Supreme Court vacated his death sentence, and the Oklahoma Attorney General recommended that the murder conviction be set aside. On remand, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals refused to uphold Smith’s conviction for the robbery. Sonia Jacobs Florida Conviction: 1976, Released: 1992 Jacobs and her companion, Jesse Tafero, were sentenced to death for the murder of two policemen at a highway rest stop in 1976. A third co-defendant received a life sentence after pleading guilty and testifying against Jacobs and Tafero. The jury recommended a life sentence for Jacobs, but the judge overruled the jury and imposed death. A childhood friend and filmmaker, Micki Dickoff, then became interested in… Read more »
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You know, I think about these kinds of things all the time. I am fairly conservative, and lways believed that the death penalty was something that I supported. As I have gotten older that feeling has changed especially with the DNA advances they’ve made in the past few years. I watch a lot of crime shows (171 Discovery Times for any of you other freaks like me, is AWESOME) and although you don’t get to see the entire trial, I walk away sometimes wondering, is that person really guilty? Then people like OJ walk, or Phil Spector and figure you know what, if there is justice after death they will get theirs some day.

Sometimes though, when someone is absolutely 1000% guilty of a crime, I feel like they should be taken care of the way they do their victims. Like Michael Vick should be tied to a rape post and violated again and again against his will. Of course, that would be inhumane. Or the man who killed little Meghan Khanka can be done away with just like he did away with her.

In New Jersey, since these people were never going to be put to death anyway, why waste that extra money? Same in California, I assure you they are the next state to do this. Talk about a useless law in a useless state, California is THE biggest offender!


[quote comment=”58467″]If they’d just stop allowing all the damn appeals and kill these animals within 3 years of their sentence, think of all the money they’d save!!!!

This bites.[/quote]

thank you! this is the overriding problem everywhere! Once you’ve been convicted and lost your appeal why the hell should you get to keep milking the system?