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No Choirboy

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Maria Gigliotti

on 28 November 2012

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No Choirboy Capital Punishment and the Death Penalty? Susan Kuklin investigates the effects these punishments have on society, families, and the criminals themselves in her book: Roy's Story Real Life Stories Roy's Story Roy Burges was only a boy when he was arrested. At a mere 16 years old, Roy was arrested for murder. He and several friends went to shoplift at the mall. The plans went bad and the young man who drove the car, Kevin Gardener was shot by Roy. Roy and his friends dumped the body and looted his car. Later, Roy's friends told the police that Roy was the one who pulled the trigger because they were offered a deal. Roy was the only who spent time in jail. Roy was on death row for several years.
He said that life on the row was pretty good. There was only one man to a cell. They had access to TV's, books, writing materials, food in the commissary, they even got to play ping pong. Roy was with prisoners who were 20 or more years older than him. Roy spoke about these men with admiration and appreciation; these men "raised him, taught him, and protected him." Roy remembers that the guards treated the death row inmates different from general population. They were treated with a sense of finality and dignity. Life on the Row A Big Change After a several years on the row, Roy was retried and
sentenced to life without parole. He was treated very differently in general population prison. There were many rival gangs and enemies. People were no longer there to take care of Roy; he was pretty much on this own. Roy is still in prison, but his lawyers are still working to change his sentence. The Agony of If This book is a volume of compiled interviews with various people. Kuklin had to follow the rules and protocols set in place by the prisons and the lawyers. Page 25 Impressions and Opinions This book brought to my attention the horrors people experience while on death row. It is an emotional experience for everyone involved, and it's an incredibly difficult one. Kuklin also helped bring me to my final position on the death penalty. Page 21 This passage stuck with me, so I thought I'd share it with you. Questions to Ask About the Death Penalty Is it painful?
Is it morally correct? [essay passage]
How does it help the justice system?
Isn't life without parole a better form of capital punishment? No More Death Penalty I still believe in justice, and I believe that people need to be punished for their crimes. However, I think it's important to recognize the flaws within our justice system and to prevent people from being wrongfully convicted. "Are you the sum total of your worst acts?"
-Bryan Stevenson YOU DECIDE.
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