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  •  In Europe (none)
    the norm is that life imprisonment, even for adults, is not compatible with respect for fundamental human rights.  
    In the US life can be damn cheap (for those who can't pay.)

    "No one else could ever be admitted here, since this gate was made only for you. I am now going to shut it."- Franz Kafka, "Before the Law"

    by normal family on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 03:23:10 PM PDT

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    •  Europe really is leading these days (none)
      I was too broad in stating 'the rest of the world...' in my comment above, but saying only 'the first world' is too small a group. The European nations are certainly leaders in fundamental human rights. What is extraordinary is how far behind American standards are even compared to most of the third world.

      The opposite of war is not peace, it's creation --Jonathan Larson

      by MaggieEh on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 04:00:18 PM PDT

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