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How Are We Serving Justice?

January 17 is the scheduled execution day of Clarence Ray Allen however this event demonstrates how callus and unmerciful we have become as a society. Here is a man that is dying and now we are preparing to take his life. The system is not working.

January 17 is the scheduled execution day of Clarence Ray Allen, but we must ask ourselves, is this execution a means of serving justice or following the traditions of ancient civilizations. This scheduled execution demonstrates how callus and unmerciful we have become as a society. Here is a man that is dying everyday, cripple, using a wheelchair and walker, blind, in failing health and now we are preparing to take his life.
December 13, 2005 we executed Stanley “Tookie? Williams after we gave him more than a decade to become rehabilitated. He proved to us the system could work, so we executed the man. Hundreds of men and women are now on death row because they could not afford justice and a good defense. The system is not working.
For years our courts and criminal justice system has been in grid lock therefore Clarence Allen has been on death row for more than two decades where time has tracked him down and we cannot wait for the natural event that is now occurring. What satisfaction can anyone receive from the execution of Clarence Allen, it is beyond uncivilized.
As a candidate for California Lieutenant Governor I believe it is time for us to shut down death row. I believe California should have a Life Till Death sentence for criminals that commit vicious crimes without the possibility of parole.
If Governor Schwarzenegger fails to commute the execution of Clarence Ray Allen to life in prison then all Californians should weigh his acts in his bid to become governor in 2006.

Stewart A. Alexander
Candidate for California Lieutenant Governor
Peace and Freedom Party
stewartalexander4p&f (at)

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Re: How Are We Serving Justice?

Clarence Ray Allen was the poster boy for capital punishment. He was one of a few rare individuals who actually committed another capital crime while incarcerated.

Unlike "Tookie" Williams, the parole board had not advocated clemency. Nor could Allen show a long history of reform and atonement that Williams demonstrated.

Yet even in this case, how has Allen's death served to bring back to life the victims of his crimes? How has his death served as a deterrent towards others considering capital crimes?

Numerous studies have shown either no difference in states where the death penalty is outlawed and a capital sentence is life in prison with no possibility of parole is substituted OR a SLIGHTLY HIGHER incidence of capital crimes in states which HAVE a death penalty.

Most countries in the world have outlawed the death penalty as "barbaric." The USA is in a very small class of nations which still use execution: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the Palestinian Authority.

Only 1% of capital crime convictions result in execution. It is not fast, cheap, or fair.

In fact, it costs the state 4 TIMES as much money to execute a prisoner than to pay for them to spend a lifetime in prison.

And there is always the problem of executing an innocent person.

Finally, can we truly say we, as a society, are vehemently against the taking of another's life when we utilize the death penalty as a matter of course? Why are we sending such a double-message to our young people?


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