Won’t make state safe
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