Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Suicides Outpace Executions on Death Row

Suicide is now the leading cause of death on California's Death Row. It's true. I'm not making this up.

On Saturday, there were 667 inmates on Death Row. Then Tony Lee Reynolds used a bed sheet to hang himself on Sunday. Now there are (cue eerie music) 666 inmates on Death Row. Is anyone else hearing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" in their head? You are now, right?

California reinstated capital punishment in 1978. Since then there have been 13 executions. Reynolds' death is the 14th suicide. Kent Scheidegger, director of the victims rights group Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and master of the obvious said, "The number of executions is absurdly low."

Reynolds was diagnosed as a paranoid-schizophrenic. He was sentenced 30 days ago to death for the murder and rape of a pregnant woman. "This guy didn't give us any indication," Lt. Eric Messick said.

Let's see... paranoid-schizophrenic, rape and murder of pregnant woman, and that "didn't give us any indication." Okay, exactly what would constitute an indication that a crazy man recently sentenced to death for pregnant woman rape/murder is a danger to himself and/or others?

I can't speak for all the citizens of California, but personally, something should be done to put a stop to death row inmate suicides. Where do these prisoners get off thinking they can kill themselves before the State can waste 17.5 years on appeals and an estimated $2,000,000 before killing them? Where's the justice? It's not fair. It's not fair, tell ya.


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Gayle said...

Great satire, FG! LOL!

Honestly, if it's weird it's happening in California. California should be thanking these suicidal idiots for saving them so much in taxes.

dcat said...

The sooner the better!