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America’s Unjust Prison System

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 12:44 pm

Jesus is an example of an innocent person who was unjustly hung on a cross. Jesus’ example shows us that capital punishment is wrong. My recent research found that 160 innocent people who were convicted of murder were later found innocent. Many of them were poor, black or Hispanic. The United States Constitution states that no punishment should be “cruel or unusual. The purpose of this letter is to beg for mercy for those in the prison system, especially those facing the death penalty for murder. Karl Menninger, a prominent psychiatrist, argued that punishment was a crime. My former psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Shipmen stated that anyone who commits a violent crime is criminally insane. These people should be in hospitals for the criminally insane for the rest of their lives and not let out on parole, and they should be given humane treatment.

America is one of the most violent of all the post industrial countries. Research needs to be done on why people commit crimes and crime prevention. America needs gun control laws. A leader in abolishing the death penalty in Maryland, and passing moral gun control laws was former Governor Martin O’Malley.

Those who commit crimes need a chance to rehabilitate their lives, education and job training, humane living environment, recreation, and good libraries. Our present system is based on vengeance r and is psychologically damaging. The system costs the tax payers money because many offenses are repeated because of a flawed system. The Catholic Church is opposed to the death penalty. Let us follow the Judeo-Christian position and “turn the other cheek” on a stain on the country’s conscience. In closing, my argument remains and is quoted from the New Testament, “When you were hungry, did you feed me, sick and in prison did you visit me. Whatever you do for the least of my children that you do to me.”

Law enforcement officers should be highly respected, trained to recognize mental illness and paid highly for their brave protection of citizens; and more officials should be placed in dangerous and drug ridden neighborhoods. Reforming the present penal system is everyone’s responsibility. I would like to thank Coronado law enforcement officers for their valiant work in our community.

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