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Hartford, Conn. police chief: ‘Let’s get rid of the death penalty’

Hartford, Conn. Police Chief Daryl Roberts: "Let’s get rid of the death penalty in Connecticut. We’ll free up millions of dollars that we should then invest in crime prevention, guarantee we won’t execute an innocent person, and will no longer torture victims’ survivors. It’s an easy choice."

Hartford, Conn. Police Chief Daryl Roberts: "Let’s get rid of the death penalty in Connecticut. We’ll free up millions of dollars that we should then invest in crime prevention, guarantee we won’t execute an innocent person, and will no longer torture victims’ survivors. It’s an easy choice."

Hartford, Conn’s  police chief, Daryl K. Roberts is retiring on Dec. 31 after 30 years with the department. In “Abolishing The Death Penalty Creates More Resources For Police,” Chief Roberts explains why his state should get rid of capital punishment:

We all have to make tough choices sometimes. As the Police Chief for Hartford for the last 5 years, I’ve certainly made my fair share.

The legislature will soon have a choice before it:  whether or not they keep our death penalty or repeal it, leaving in place life imprisonment without the possibly of release. If this were my decision, I would not consider it difficult at all. Essentially, it’s a choice between having more officers on the streets and resources to support those officers, or paying for the death penalty. I’d choose more officers every single time. This is because you can’t measure prevention and I firmly believe that the police presence makes a positive difference…

Let’s get rid of the death penalty in Connecticut. We’ll free up millions of dollars that we should then invest in crime prevention, guarantee we won’t execute an innocent person, and will no longer torture victims’ survivors. It’s an easy choice.

Kentucky would benefit from following the wisdom of Chief Roberts experience as well.

Photo: Courtesy Hartford Police Department

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