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Progress-Related Job Losses

A.G. Sulzberger reports on Illinois’ abolition of the death penalty and finds that change is rarely Pareto optimal:

>The day after the death penalty was abolished in Illinois in early March, Wendi Liss received a call from one of her clients, who was facing trial for murder and the prospect of being executed if found guilty.

He was calling not to celebrate, but to express concern for her career.

“He said, ‘I know this is what you guys wanted and I know this is good for us, but I don’t want you to be out of a job,’” recounted Ms. Liss, one of dozens of employees at the Office of the State Appellate Defender who specialize in death penalty cases.

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Change for the better, I’d say.