Last week, Nicholas Sutton (age 58) was executed in Tennessee.
Sutton has been in prison since 1981. He was given two life sentences for killing three people. In custody, he killed another imprisoned person. But then he changed his life, adopting a belief in God and seeking understanding with his victims’ families. The cops also liked him. He had them vouching for him during the appeal process, to no avail.
The death penalty is a popular debate-style topic—whether or not it should be legal or if its moral. The concept of life sentences (and imprisonment altogether) should be given more logical exploration. One life sentence. Two life sentences. It’s very dramatic. We’re supposed to hear these numbers as symbols of justice, but they’re very hopeless.