A family-owned daily newspaper serving Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming since 1949

Don't abolish death penalty; accelerate it to save money

Sep 9, 2013 - John Foster, Rawlins


Recent newspaper articles and letters to the editor discuss the issue of Mark Eaton's death sentence. One letter to the editor was in support of abolishing the death penalty in Wyoming.

I disagree. The amount of tax money that the Wyoming Department of Corrections claims it costs to house and care for an inmate each day is in itself a waste of tax money. In Eaton's case, he has approximately 35 years of life left, and those expenses would be a waste.

The only way to reach closure for the family of the victim in Mr. Eaton's case is to inflict equal punishment.

Our U.S. Constitution states that acts of treason and terrorism can cause loss of a person's constitutional rights and that such acts are punishable by death.

Taking another person's life is an act of terrorism and treason against our country and its citizens. The state should execute this kind of criminal 30 days after conviction, especially when there is no doubt they are guilty of such heinous acts.

Such actions would save the taxpayers millions.


Editors note: The writer is a Fremont County resident serving time in the Wyoming State Penitentiary.

Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.

Related Stories

Related Tags

County Weather

Photo Gallery

Twitter Feed (Follow Us!)

Contact Us  © 2015 Riverton Ranger, Inc.