Luckily, I am not the only one speaking out against the dangers and difficulty of the death penalty. It doesn’t take much investigation into the stories of Alan Gell or other innocent people wrongly sentenced to death or the multiple abuses by the State Bureau of Investigation to know that this is a kind of punishment which we are now moving beyond.
Besides creating an appeal system that costs more than any kind of incarceration, and its lack as a deterrent to crime, the death penalty is bad policy because it teaches us that taking life solves a problem of crime, that extinguishing a life mediates the horror of the first offense. This leads to a severe downward spiral, Continue reading
West Raleigh is a neat area. There’s historic Boylan Avenue, tree-lined and shady. Dorothea Dix Campus is right across Western Boulevard, and all 306 acres will soon be converted into the crowning jewel in NC’s park system. A much smaller gem already exists nearby; Pullen Park was recently renovated into a child’s dream world, with paddleboats, a miniature train system, food, playground equipment and a real, old-timey merry-go-round. Across Ashe Avenue from Pullen is the Governor Morehead School for the Blind. Finally, next door to the GMSB and in the center of this relatively small section of the city is Central Prison, where we kill people.
Or we used to, anyways. The last prisoner executed at Central was Continue reading