Several years ago, I changed position and now disapprove of the death penalty, for two primary reasons:
1. If an innocent person is executed, there’s no way to provide recompense.
2. I believe more people would consider a life sentence a worse punishment than the death penalty.
Anti-dp’ers often consider the death penalty particularly cruel. However, it’s logical to believe a person serving a life sentence would live a life of no hope, and would rather end it quickly than live a slow, joyless torture.
[Convicted mobster Carmelo] Musumeci said he was tired of dying a little bit every day.
We want to die just once, he said, and “we are asking for our life sentence to be changed to a death sentence”.
It was a candid letter written by a man who, from within his cell, has tried hard to change his life.
He has passed his high school exams and now has a degree in law. But his sentence, he says, has transformed the light into shadows.
He told the president his future was the same as his past, killing the present and removing every hope.