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My Take - Death Row

Last week WAFF 48 News looked into the issue of death row and how a north Alabama district attorney is leading the charge to change the appeals process for killers sentenced to death. One case has had a man on death row since 1979.   States like Texas, Florida and Virginia have already overhauled their appeals process.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says we should do the same. Right now there are 193 death row inmates.   According to the department of corrections, the average cost to house and feed each is about 15 thousand taxpayer dollars a year.   Plus the appeals process can also run into the thousands.  Some might argue the extended time ensures an innocent person isn't put to death and maybe the state should stop  executions and choose another form of punishment. Many would say we just have to face the fact that our justice system is an imperfect science. 

 I'm Vanessa Oubre,  that's "My Take"  what's yours?

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