I’ve written about capital punishment in my blog…I am astonished and dismayed that the United States still allows it as a states rights issue. In “Just Mercy”, a book about one man’s fight for justice vis-a-vis capital punishment, the author writes in his epilogue “…the death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment is, Do we deserve to kill?”
When Rosa Parks asked the author what he does he replied “Well, I have a law project called the Equal Justice Institute, and we’re trying to help people on death row. We’re trying to stop the death penalty, actually. We’re trying to do something about prison conditions and excessive punishment. We want to free people who’ve been wrongly convicted. We want to end unfair sentences in criminal cases and stop racial bias in criminal justice. We’re trying to help the poor and do something about indigent defense and the fact that people don’t get the legal help they need. We’re trying to help people who are mentally ill. We’re trying to stop them from putting children in adult prisons….”
Rosa replied ‘Ooooh, honey, all that’s going to make you tired, tired, tired…That’s why you’ve got to be brave, brave, brave.”
Read this book, the library has it. And get involved.