Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Illinois: 15 Commutations of Sentence

The Chicago Tribune reports Governor Pat Quinn (D) has signed into law "a historic ban on the death penalty in Illinois" and, while he was at it, commuted the sentences of 15 death row inmates (to life in prison without the possibility of parole).

Quinn explained his decision as an act of "conscience," made after Bible reading and "deep personal reflection." He said the decision was the "right" thing to do because we "cannot escape history." More specifically, he argued that there was "no way" to design a "perfect" death penalty system that was free from "the numerous flaws that can lead to wrongful convictions or discriminatory treatment."

Previously, Quinn claimed to support the death penalty for the very worst crimes. But the Tribune notes that, today, he finds no "credible evidence" that the death penalty has a "deterrent effect." Without naming particular programs, he also said the money spent on the "death penalty system" could be better spent "on preventing crime and assisting victims' families in overcoming pain and grief." See story here.

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