Re: Is the death penalty Extropian?

Charlie Stross (
Wed, 2 Dec 1998 13:08:29 +0000

On Mon, Nov 30, 1998 at 11:02:15PM -0500, John Clark wrote:
> I found some interesting statistics, in the USA the average time spent in jail
> for someone convicted of homicide is 5 years 11 months. There are 3219
> people on death row, one in 12 had been convicted of murder before.

That's preposterous. I'm not going to repost my comments on the UK's approach -- but I think even death penalty proponents might agree that eighteen-year average terms are a bit closer to the mark than 5 years 11 months.