Because freedom can't protect itself
The 'criminal justice' apparatus in this country has only moved further and further away from trying to rehabilitate people and help them become productive members of society. Since the 'war on drugs' an ever increasing portion of our population has been pushed to the fringes out our society. While politicians have used a get tough on crime platform to seek reelection. The get tough on crime platform has helped to eliminate programs for inmates, while ever increasingly powerful unions have lobbied for more jobs, and more prisons to be built.
As long as Profit can be insured off arresting people, and increasing recidivism rates, there is no justice nor is there a hand to help people who otherwise would lead normal happy lives.
"We know Morris had the potential for rehabilitation and redemption: he issued a sincere apology to the victim’s family in his final statement."
How do we know that. Maybe he felt repented only because he knew he was going to die.
The simply fact of the matter is that we are responsible for our choices. Only Kenneth Wayne Morris is responsible for his actions.
I very much appreciate your article about Kenneth Morris' execution.It is very tragic what the State of Texas continues to do. I was even more saddened by the fact that the execution fell on his birthday. The young man that you described was Kenneth' best friend who had known him since they were little kids, I was told by a friend who was out there to protest. I have a husband on death row in Texas and he has spent 14 years of his life there, for a crime he did not commit. We are doing all we can to help abolish this very bias, racist form of punishment.
Thank you again for your insight and for demonstrating a much needed sense of humanity
I've known and written with Kenny for six years and during this time he became a dear and special friend and I got to know him pretty well. Of course what he did was wrong and had to be punished, but the death penalty is never the answer. The death penalty is cruel and inhuman and I just can't understand that it still exists in a country that calls itself civilized.
What Kenny did was wrong, but he was not a bad person and he should have gotten a second chance. During these past six years I got to know Kenny as a spiritual, remorsfull person with a good heart.
All life is sacred and precious and killing is always wrong, so what gives the State of Texas the right to kill it's own citizens?
Kenny is now free at last, may he rest in peace.
My heart goes out to Kenny's wife Donna and his family and loved ones.
Thank you, very wise words. I'm a friend of one of Ken's friends.
"What Kenny did was wrong, but he was not a bad person and he should have gotten a second chance. "
The way his victim was given a second change? Murders are bad people.
Capital punishment is wrong in all cases.
Let's rehabilitate convicted people of minor offenses and freepot-smokers who did not endanger anyone.
Let's free pot-smokers and other drug users who did not endanger the life of any person.
while we're at it, let's try rehabilitating Osama bin Laden and the rest of his friends, give him that second chance. he's not morally responsible, it's his society's fault. after all, criminals aren't evil, they're just "sick" and need to be pampered at the taxpayer's expense. yeah right. you guys are so full of shit. nice emotional appeal with the crying family member. not.
I hope he and other Death Row convicts feel the pain when that Potassium Chloride Hits! For all the pain and suffering they have causedto innocent victims. To bad you don't help the victims. Maybe if someone in your family was violently murdered, you would feel the same.
> he’s not morally responsible, it’s his
> society’s fault.
He is responsible. Also, we failed as a society. Those things do not exclude each other. Neither is "responsibility" an argument for the penalty. Since responsibility is a requirement to be considered a criminal in the first place, it is an unfit element to determine the level of punishment.
> criminals aren’t evil
That really comes done to a question of one's world view. If you want to divide the world into good and evil, then that's your choice I guess. It's just terribly naive, simplistic and frankly, lazy. But that's ok, you don't have to care if you don't want to.
I just fear it will devalue your sympathy for the victims that you claim is so important for you. Are you going to abandon them when they get a parking ticket?
> Maybe if someone in your family was
> violently murdered, you would feel
> the same.
Maybe, but that wouldn't make him more right, would it. If anything, the opposite, since he's now impartial. There's a reason we have judges and juries and all that shit.
I'm sure the recent case of that blinded Iranian woman is right up your ally. Maybe consider moving there?
> I hope he and other Death Row convicts feel the pain when that Potassium Chloride Hits!
Hey EJ, ever heard of “cruel and unusual punishment”? Any other unconstitutional suggestions?
yep - he should've been fried years ago... according to those with experience of people on 'the row' none of their men are guilty and all are falsely imprisoned for crimes they did not commit. Tree huggers need to wake up and smell the coffee and to admit that there is no rehabilition for some people - and why should we waste resource on that. People bring up 'oh, but it isn't a deterrent' neither is prison apparently (according to US stats), so what do you suggest... how bout a dog walking programme for our murderers.. that'll work!!!
This convicted murderer had plenty of chances to prove his innocence or he is not guilty. He finds remorse in front of a judge & governor. If he would have served 20 years he would have been out commiting more crimes & bigging down the system. The ACLU is against the convicted killers from being executed at the same time they are for abortion? (killing of innocent babies) I am trying to figure this out.
i think its very sad that people not only want to execute fellow citizens they wish suffering on them i know some people cannot live with the rest of society but we dont have the right to execute them a rapist is given a sentence just before release we rape him thats what the death penalty is about 10 or 20 years in prison then execute them its not punishment its revenge and there should be no place for revenge in civilised soceity even when there is doubt about peoples guilt they dont stop the execution they try to fast track it defendants are not given adequate lawyers america should be ashamed of the poor defence poor people have the justice system is against any one poor or uneducated these people seem disposible to the americam justice dept one quote from a judge "if they was framed the police must of framed them because they are guilty off something similar" i dont think justice should be linked to votes thats how innocent people get framed these people want to show results and any one will do i think when someone is wrongfully convicted the investigating police and prosecutor should be prosecuted especially when they suppress evidence that shows innocence you cant have the death penalty when the justice system is so corrupt and stacked against the poor
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