This post, by a member of my dissertation defense committee, explains why I am in opposition to the death penalty.
Go read it — it’s a first hand account of someone who got to know someone on death row. The argument is a strong and compassionate one against the death penalty. Clearly, Ronnie was not a monster who needed to be killed in order to make society more safe. He was a serial victim of the incompetent nature of the legal system in his state.
Killing people who kill people isn’t a solution, it only creates another set of grieving family and friends. I am glad to live in a state that does not use the death penalty.