Larry G. Johnson

To the editor:
When an inmate runs out of appeals on his or her death sentence conviction, the media pick up on it and write all about the gruesome crimes, but often leave out basic factors as to why Missouri needs a moratorium to study the death penalty. The growing evidence is that death sentencing is unfair, both for the inmate and the citizen/taxpayer.

Nationally since 1976, 130 convicted people have been sentenced to death and then exonerated, including three from Missouri. At least three others had strong claims of innocence. Capital punishment does not deter crime, and the way it stands now, Missouri cannot prevent accidental execution of innocent people. When you are dead, you are dead.