Won’t make state safe

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

A for­mer ju­nior high school stu­dent of mine, Mar­cel Wil­liams, is on death row and is sched­uled for ex­e­cu­tion in April. I do not con­done his crime; I also do not con­done the state’s de­ci­sion to ex­e­cute him.

Mar­cel was an abused child with a be­low-av­er­age IQ and im­pulse con­trol prob­lems. I of­ten won­der how dif­fer­ently his life would have been if some­one had in­ter­vened to help him. Teach­ers try but can only do so much. When teenagers are in­car­cer­ated in adult pris­ons and then re­leased, they have no ed­u­ca­tion, no job train­ing, and of­ten, no sup­port sys­tem. Is it any won­der they turn to crime?

Ex­e­cut­ing Mar­cel will not re­duce the crime rate; it will not make the state a safer place. It will sim­ply high­light the “en­light­ened” so­ci­ety in which we live. SUZANNE RITCHIE

North Lit­tle Rock

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