People opposed to the death penalty always like to say that sentencing someone to life in prison is worse than the death penalty therefore it is a more appropriate sentence for heinous crimes. Proponents of the death penalty, such as myself, have argued that you can’t insure that someone sentenced today will not get out at some time in the future. Today the N&O settled this argument with a front page story: State forced to free 20 violent criminals. (it will actually be more as the story explains)
Some of these convicts actually spent time on death row but were not executed. They will now all walk free while most of their victims are dead and no longer have that option. Those who were victims of rape and assault will most likely never escape the prison created for them by these monsters. Our thoughts and prayers need to be with them.
Civitas polling shows that North Carolinians not only strongly support the death penalty for first degree murder they even more strongly support the death penalty for child rapist. Several of these inmates were convicted of raping children.
None of these violent criminals are being released because of a mistake by the judicial system or because they are innocent and no one can show that anyone executed by North Carolina in modern times was innocent. So the next time a death penalty starts using a life sentence as an excuse for doing away with the death penalty – remind them that these violent criminals are now walking freely among us!