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I Was In Prison
Online Prison Ministry Newsletter
November 1, 2011
Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed

Florida has a golden opportunity to save a fortune by doing the right thing – End the Florida Death Penalty
By: Dale S. Recinella

Recently the citizens of Florida were treated to a drama worthy of both Shakespeare and Sixty Minutes: the foiled attempt by the state’s leaders to surreptitiously privatize a massive portion of the state prison system.

The consequences of such a move? Untold chaos. Lost jobs. Dislocations of families caused by senior employees bumping junior employees halfway across the state. It seemed that no amount of human pain and anguish was too great a price to pay.

And what was the justification for this desperate effort? Total annual savings of maybe $25 million. Not $25 million per prison or $25 million per county. Not even $25 million per region of the corrections system. No. Just a measly $25 million for the whole enchilada statewide.

It’s time for us Floridians to wake up and drink our orange juice. The best estimates from our major Florida newspapers show that we could save more than twice that much just by making life in prison without possibility of parole the maximum penalty for capital crimes. Yes, Florida could save at least $50 million per year starting tomorrow by dumping the death penalty.

Unlike the massive agony promised by wholesale prison privatization in the hopes of achieving a fraction of such savings, dumping the Florida death penalty actually promises some perks.

For starters, the only people who might need to find new jobs are lawyers, especially on the state-side.

And Floridians would never again have to worry about executing an innocent person. Some have said that such mistakes are not too great a price to pay for the death penalty. Obviously, such a statement could only come from the lips of someone who believes that no one in their family will ever be wrongly executed. The Bible disagrees and condemns the execution of the innocent no matter whose family they are in. Exodus 23:7.

Another bonus would be that Floridians would never again have to victimize a whole new family with the killing of their loved one. In all the times I have been on deathwatch I have yet to meet a family that did not suffer with the killing of their loved one by the state. What rational Floridian could possibly insist on continuing to victimize the innocent families of the perpetrators when we can save a fortune by not doing so and still keep society safe?

And Floridians would never again have to explain to thousands of families of murder victims why the killing of their loved one did not meet the constitutional tests for capital punishment when the killing of someone else’s loved one did. Trying to measure differences in degrees of horror and cruelty between horrible and cruel murders of peoples’ loved ones makes less sense than Wall Street derivatives. And the attempt to make such distinctions for political gain has bankrupted our courts and the moral authority of our criminal justice system, just as surely as derivatives have bankrupted our economy.

Finally, Floridians would never again have to stammer to find words in the face of those awful racial questions, such as: How can it be that blacks are over-represented on Florida’s death row and in Florida executions at the rate of 250% or more? Or that a Florida murderer who kills a white is more than three times more likely to get the death penalty than one who kills a black? Or that since 1769, the beginning of capital punishment in Florida as a territory, no white has ever been executed by the state for killing a black?

Yes, Floridians, just by dumping the death penalty, we can have all those perks and save a fortune to boot.

At a recent statewide conference, I put the $50 million savings on the table in front of an audience of over 400 mostly older, mostly conservative, mostly Republican attendees. They erupted in applause.

Money talks.

The end of the death penalty in Florida is in sight.


© 2011 Dale S. Recinella
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Upcoming Events:

Now I Walk on Death Row: November 2011
By: DALE S. RECINELLA
Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row


Thursday November 10 @ 6:30pm - Parish Cultural Center
OLSS Men's Group Steak Night I

Open to all men of the parish

Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
545 A1A North
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
Presentation followed by book signing
       New book Now I walk on Death Row will be available for purchase.

For Information:

       Contact: Victor Yazbec at (904) 860-3239 or
       Parish Office: (904) 285-2698


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Thursday November 17th @ 7:00 pm - Parish Community Center
San Jose Parish Knights of Columbus

Open to all men of the parish
San Jose Catholic Church
3619 Toledo Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32217
Presentation followed by book signing
       New Book Now I Walk on Death Row will be available for purchase.

For Information:

       Contact: Deacon Paul Consbruck at the parish office: (904) 733-1630

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       DALE S. RECINELLA
       Catholic Correctional Chaplain for Florida Death Row


Friday Morning November 4th @ 10:30am ET (live):
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This ezine is targeted for people involved in prison ministry or in stopping the death penalty, we think you will find helpful information for people who are undecided about capital punishment, for those who have never experienced the inside of a jail or prison, and for those who feel called to participate through prayer and adoration.

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Dale S. Recinella, Catholic Lay Chaplain, Florida Death Row and Solitary Confinement
Susan M. Recinella, Clinical Psychologist for mentally ill adults, and Catholic Lay Minister to Families of the Executed

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Excellent book on the topic!,
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The Biblical Truth about America's Death Penalty is a must-read. It deals with Biblical standards of Capital Punishment and then compares them to the system used in America today. It is the best-researched, most faithful to scripture, and most evenhanded analysis I have ever read concerning the Death Penalty. Whatever your persuasion on the issue, this book will teach you a great deal. Recinella is a trained lawyer and committed Christian who now volunteers part-time on Florida's death row. He thus understands law, the Bible, and the system of execution in America. I challenge anyone who supports the Death Penalty to read this book.



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