Impose death penalty in all first-degree murders

State Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, wants the death penalty for an inmate who kills while behind bars (“GOP senator wants death penalty revived for prison killings,” The Herald, Jan. 23). Well, that’s a step in the right direction, but why not the death penalty for murder before they’re behind bars?

How many in prison for murder commit a second murder while in jail or after their release for a previous murder? There’s no incentive not to kill if they’re already in for life and there is no death penalty. Reinstate the death penalty for all first-degree murders. It will save lives. Isn’t that what we hear all the time: If it saves just one life?

Richard Quint

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