In high school, I remember supporting capital punishment for the most extreme cases of crimes against humanity. I think of Ted Bundy, and his rampage against women. He kidnapped, raped, and murdered over 30 women, although some believe his victim count is significantly higher. He was executed on January 24, 1989.
I’m not troubled that he is no longer alive. He was the root of my sympathy towards capital punishment. But, with more education and research, I’ve since changed my views. Ted Bundy is an exception…not a rule.
The criminal justice system is flawed. There’s too much ambiguity within the collective system, and all too often, prisoners get caught in a web of profit and politicking. There’s a rise in private prisons, and the supposedly impartial criminal justice system is uncomfortably entangled with the enterprise. People of color, youth, and the poor are most vulnerable.
The criminal justice system cannot be trusted blindly. It is a gross violation to allow this profit-fueled machine the right to execute people.
This is a topic I’m investigating thoroughly. Please expect a post in the future.
For now, let’s focus on Ray Jasper. He is set to be executed in Texas on March 19. He was given the death sentence as a teenager, following a murder of a music executive. He wrote a compassionately chilling letter to Gawker.