By Rep. Chip Shields (D-NE Portland).
Now that the United States has reached its 1000th execution, it's time for us to take a hard look at whether or not we want our government executing people in our name.
I believe that the death penalty is unecessary and that mandatory life imprisonment with no chance of parole, plus restitution paid to the victims' heirs is a much better way to go. What do you think?
Also, there is good discussion going on the death penalty at TalkLeft.com
Locally, you can get involved in replacing the death penalty with true life sentences at the Western Prison Project.