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Listen to the voice of Justice and Reason It tells us that human judgements are never so certain as to permit society to kill a human being judged by other human beings Why deprive ourselves of any chance to redeem such errors Why condemn yourself to helplessness when faced with persecuted innocence I know there are those who say that execution is justified because it prevents a murderer from ever again committing the same crime It certainly does But if you rely on that reasoning you are killing a man not because his death may deter others from following in his footsteps but because of what he might possibly do at some future time To justify such preventive execution there would have to be some reasonable grounds for believing that a convicted murderer if released into society would murder again In fact the probability lies strongly in the other direction In order to be absolutely sure that no murderer would murder again we would have to take the lives of all people convicted of either first or second degree murder even though the probability is that an infinitesimal percentage of them would never commit murder again if allowed to live Thats an unacceptable high price to pay in human lives for a sense of security insignificantly greater tan we have now I have seen the movie Dead Man Walking for the first time just before I first wrote this down The film is loaded with death penalty advocates The film makers present their feelings and arguments honestly as far as I can tell But they all ring hollow to me because they all dehumanize the criminal Well just like you may say lets execute the murderer for the crime he has committed Lets take a life for a life Lets remove a savage
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