Tuesday, October 26, 2004

What's Up With That? #8: Houses for the unholy

Officials at San Quentin State Penitentiary want to spend $220 million on a new prison housing facility for California's 629 Death Row inmates.

$220 million for living quarters for people we're eventually going to put to death anyway?

Maybe we ought to spend that $220 million on people we'd like to keep around for awhile — say, on education and job training in impoverished neighborhoods. If we did, perhaps we'd eventually have fewer than 629 inmates on Death Row.


1 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

But saving money, lives, and taking the more difficult high moral ground won't match the sheer and barbaric thrill of executing legally declared criminals. Shame on you!

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