CRIME -- TRIBUNE EDITORIAL 28 SEPT. ‘17
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Re: Society must co-operate in defeating crime.
The Tribune, Editorial, September 28, 2017.
IT was rewarding to read this thoughtful editorial.
Especially since it contained several sensible suggestions for combatting crime, which were presented without the usual hysterical, knee-jerk calls for enforcing the death penalty. In fact, the death penalty wasn’t even mentioned --- just a few down-to-earth suggestions that might be helpful in reducing our crime in the long run.
One of the death penalty’s understandably feel-good attractions is that there is a very low rate of recidivism.
This cannot be denied.
However, an aspect that is frequently misunderstood, &/or conveniently overlooked, is that it has been shown in many diverse places that, generally speaking, the death penalty simply does not work well in reducing crime.
Therefore, we cannot expect crime to improve very much overall by enforcing the death penalty.
We must concentrate heavily on less sensational suggestions for defeating crime, much like those presented in the well-written editorial. Thank you.
KEN W KNOWLES, MD
October 3, 2017.