I didn't say forgive the guy or let him go, Some of you are trying to put words in my mouth, Lorisco, Zeb, pay attention here. I am not saying not punish them, and i'm not arguing anything except, that if he could have provided benefit to society in some way, then life in prison would be a better alternative than death.
If you guys want them to dig ditches on the side of the road, Collect garbage, write childrens books, do seminars for kids on the mistakes they made. Whatever positive impact they can have, after incarceration, should be exploited. This is not going to benefit them in any tangible way shape or form here on earth physically. I do not want them to be parolled if it was not in thier sentance to do so, I do however think the system needs to be changed so that someone who is doing good for whatever reason, should be allowed to continue to do so for the benefit of the society.
The big thing some of you are missing is that I really don't give a shit about tookie, I do give a shit about the 10 year old kid who is going to be facing a choice in the next year or two that could he have listened to this man or read a book by him could have possibly made a better choice when that time comes. Any positive hedging we can give to the underpriveledged people of this country should be exploited.
Here is a guiy who is sitting in prison, basically trying to empower young black children to stay in school and out of gangs, and the kids are listening to him because he is one of the most famous gang members in history and were just going to cut him out because a couple families want revenge. They want to sleep better at night knowing the man who took thier loved ones away is dead. They want him to be judged by god, like they couldn't wait 20 years so he could save some poor black kids from a life of crime.
The benefits of him staying alive simply far outweigh the negatives, and and business or even person makes decisions based on the good outweighing the bad. If you don't, then you are an illogical small minded hateful loon.
Again, I am not against the death penalty, but it should be flexible enough so that the guy who is in for life that stabs an inmate a week gets fried, while the ones who try to do some good, any good with the rest of thier time, are rewarded with continued time to do those good things. Even if they only do good things just to save thier own lives, does it really matter?