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ASSEMBLY PANEL WAS RIGHT TO REJECT DEATH PENALTY

The New York State Assembly Codes Committee recently voted not to reinstate the death penalty. I want to applaud the committee for making the right decision.

Since the death penalty was brought back into the state in 1995, it has cost taxpayers $200 million, which could have been well spent on other programs that truly prevent crime and that assist victims of crimes. We do not need to kill to keep our community safe. We do need to find more ways of helping victims of such crimes find as much healing as possible so they can get on with their lives. More killing cannot do this.

Rev. Robert Struzynski

Buffalo