Matthew's Foray into Blogging

Thursday, October 06, 2005

“Serving Life, With No Chance of Redemption”

There was a New York Times article about inmates who are serving life terms. It caught my attention because Randy Arroyo, with whom I have exchanged letters, was featured in the article. I do not know that I am too terribly sympathetic for “lifers.” Many murderers want to avoid the death penalty, and death penalty opponents want to abolish the death penalty, but the “lifers” and their sympathizers think life in prison is a cruel fate. Let’s just abolish the death penalty and the prisons and then…. Where do we go from there? Do we make them promise to behave and then give them second chances?

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