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The contention of your correspondent, J. Caldwell, that the reintroduction of capital punishment will reduce the incidence of murders, is a groundless one. Taking the years 1937-42, which are the latest available figures, we find there were 64 homicides. In the years 1931-36, after which capital punishment was abolished, there were no less than 97. The above figures are taken from the Official Year Books, and include three war years, during which crime the world over has shown a marked increase. Capital punishment in the U.S.A. does not seem to have any effect, whatever. Yearly, thousands of people are murdered throughout the world, whether there is capital punishment or not. Far from petitioning for capital punishment, I suggest a petition to end all petitions. If several thousand unthinking individuals like J. Caldwell sign a petition, it is not only erroneous— it is dangerous. J. C. LESNIE.

I heartily endorse every word expressed by J. Caldwell in his letter re the need for the restoration of capital punishment. We have had only too many proofs of the dire necessity for this, in order that innocent life may be saved. It behoves every wonian in New Zealand to rise and petition in this just cause. "Sob stuff" and leniency to "beasts" act as no deterrent to others, and it is high time that more than a good home, with a 40-hour week, at the expense of the State, was meted out to them. AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

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CAPITAL, PUNISHMENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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CAPITAL, PUNISHMENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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