Another innocent person has been freed from "death row." Ernest Willis spent 17 years of his life in a federal prison awaiting execution before he was found innocent and freed. How is anyone going to be able to give him back 17 years of his life?! According to the MSNBC story:
"When Willis was set free, he was given a plaid shirt, green pants and white running shoes, along with 10 days worth of medication and $100, the standard amount given to released inmates."
The sad thing is that this is just one of many, many wrongful convictions of the death penalty. Again quoting the MSNBC story:
"Willis becomes the eighth death row inmate freed in Texas since capital punishment resumed in 1974. The last exoneration was in the late 1990s."
Willis makes the 117th innocent person released from death row. Think about that. That's 117 people who could have easily been executed dispite their innocence.
It is time to end this barbaric practice. I do not want innocent blood on my hands. Life in prison without parole is no "walk in the park." In fact it is a just punishment for a "convicted" criminal. It keeps them locked up in a small cell where they are left with nothing but themselves and their own thoughts and actions. Besides, it gives society time to find people who might be innocent of a capital crime. God only knows how many people we have killed who have been innocent. We will probably never know.
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