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Letter: Punishment for vicious crimes should be vicious
First Published Jan 30 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jan 30 2014 01:01 am

It seems to me ( and many, many others) that the punishment for vile and vicious crimes should, as well be vile and vicious. However, being realistic, I understand that many are too timid or too squeamish to use bullets, ropes, lethal injections or other means to terminate the lives of those convicted of those crimes. They like to hide behind "uncivilized" as an excuse ("Wyoming lawmaker proposes firing squad for executions," Tribune, Jan. 18).

Well, maybe every now and then it is necessary to be uncivilized when it comes to punishment for some crimes. Now, if life without parole is the sentence, then let that be the case. But that is exactly what it should be, period!

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The convicted criminal should be placed in a small concrete cell with one small window, running water and a mattress to sleep on. He (or she) should be given one meal a day of 2,000 calories. There should be no outside exercise and no visitors at all after the initial incarceration. No medical care or medicine of any kind.

Prison for the rest of their "natural " lives. The milk of human kindness does not run though my veins.

Robert Edwards


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