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Why are we spending a fortune on life sentences? - Gillette News Record: Opinion

Why are we spending a fortune on life sentences?

Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 1:22 pm, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

Forty years after he was convicted for his involvement in two murders committed by Charles Manson, a California parole board has found that Bruce Davis is suitable for parole. His crimes, if it matters (and why should it?), didn't involve the notorious murder of the pregnant Sharon Tate; he participated in the killing of a musician and a stuntman. Early on, Davis claimed he was simply a bystander. A jury didn't agree. Since then, he has acknowledged shared responsibility. He also has been a model prisoner. He became a born-again Christian. He earned a master's degree and a doctorate in the philosophy of religion. He ministered to other prisoners.

Is that enough?

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