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February 4, 2007

The LWOP whopper in New Jersey

This Newark Star-Ledger piece spotlights a reality I discussed here last month: the New Jersey Death Penalty Commission, by coupling its call to abolish the death penalty with an expansion of life without parole (LWOP), is actually calling for a major increase in sentences.  As the article explains:

When a state commission recommended last month that New Jersey abolish the death penalty in favor of life imprisonment without parole, some lawmakers called it the latest example of going soft on crime.  But a Star-Ledger analysis of trials since August 1982, when capital punishment was reinstated, shows scores of murderers would have been punished more harshly under the life-without-parole bill proposed by the Death Penalty Study Commission.

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