Recently I listened to Andy Wilson and Maurice Hastings describe the 31 and 38 years, respectively, they spent in prison for murders they did not commit. Had they been given the death penalty, rather than life in prison, these innocent men would likely be dead. I was attending a Death Penalty Focus fundraiser, and at the evening’s end, all of the wrongly convicted, exonerated attendees stood—in that one room, nearly 270 years had been stolen from the innocent.
My husband battled for an end to the death penalty. In fact, he believed in the cause so strongly that he fought to prevent the execution of Joseph Paul Franklin, the serial killer who shot him in 1978 and left him in a wheelchair. He did not believe the death penalty was a deterrent to crime or that the state should be in the business of killing.