Opposers of capital punishment can rest easy tonight. A man, Glenn Ford, charged in 1984 with killing a white man in a jewelry shop he worked at, has been released. The all white jury in Louisiana is now said to have been unfair and prejudice at the time.
He has become one of the longest serving death row inmates in history. He has lost 30 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. When he was released he said, “it feels good; my mind is going in all kind of directions. It feels good.”
The new DNA found was used to exonerate Ford but this is the perfect example of why the death penalty may not be moral. It shows the flaws in the US Justice System and we can never be 100% sure that a person is guilty when they are sentenced to death. Over the last forty years Ford has been the 144th death row inmate to be released.
“I can’t go back and do anything I should have been doing when I was 35, 38, 40 stuff like that,” he says. A very valid point. All the things he could have done when he was younger, is impossible now.
Richard Dieter of the Death Penalty Information Center says it, “painfully reveals the fallibility of the death penalty and the risks we take with every death sentence. Some states are trying to speed up executions instead of addressing the underlying problems that have led to such mistakes.”
I have written multiple essays in my school career about the morality of capital punishment and it is the few cases like these that remind me why I’ve opposed it so strongly. It is not so much about the punishment of the guilty (you can do that with jail time), it is about a possibility of the death of the innocent.
That’s just my opinion but what do you think? Is Glenn Ford’s case enough to prove that capital punishment does not work?