Really hard to choose a recommendation score here. I think it’s important information but I also think the stories are so heinous in an effort to sway people to support capital punishment, something I absolutely do not.
You read this and think ‘yes, those people deserve to die’ but it’s so disturbingly distracting that you may forget to ask ‘they may deserve to die but do I think a government should have the power to take lives?’
Capital punishment perpetuates the idea that murder is ever just; that it belongs within the realm of justice.. that life is truly expendable.
Yeah. We should still try to practice forgiveness and believe in some form of redemption, even in the most brutal/heinous/disturbing/evil cases. State-sponsored murder isn’t the answer. Not that I know what the answer is. But I think it has something to do with looking inward, as a society.
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote is crazy good because it puts you into the mind of the killers. It’s kinda creepy to realize that fucked up humans are still totally humans.
I don’t think that the government should be in the role of “punishment” in general. Rethinking justice to be more about therapy and keeping others safe might still involve some form of prison. But also maybe not.
Also, mistakes happen. The wrong people get convicted. People get set up. Knowing how messy criminal justice is (especially in poor communities) should be enough reason to fully outlaw the death penalty.