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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Iowa Independent: Prisons Boss: Death Penalty Unlikely To Be Reinstated in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

Iowa likely will never reinstate the death penalty because of
long-standing political sensibilities and confidence in a "life means
life" sentencing system, the state's top prisons official said Monday.
Iowa has not had the death penalty for more than 40 years. In a
wide-ranging speech and question-and-answer session with the Carroll
Rotary Club, John Baldwin, director of the Iowa Department of
Corrections, pointed out Iowa's strict life sentencing policy, one
that differs from other states. "In this state life means what it says
it does," Baldwin said. "When you get sentenced to life you are
eligible for parole a day after you're dead."

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