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Letter to the Editor in Today's 'Daily Herald'
DAILY HERALD: 'Time to abolish death penalty'
Letter to the Editor
By Mary Ann Naas
I recently heard from a man who is living proof of why we need to repeal the death penalty in Illinois. Randy Steidl spoke to a crowd of us at the St. Charles Public Library about his experience spending 12 years on death row as an innocent man. Joining Randy were two women - one lost a brother to murder, the other a daughter.
They affirmed my belief that the death penalty process is flawed beyond repair and harms victims' families. The majority of victims' families and police chiefs much prefer that the millions of dollars invested in the death penalty instead go to law enforcement, crime prevention and education, alcohol/drug abuse programs, programs for the mentally ill and to resources to help victims' families.