Saturday, December 10, 2005
Tookie Williams is a sociopath who should have been executed twenty years ago. You don't kill sociopaths for punishment (although I believe in the death penalty as punishment), or as deterrence (although if the death penalty was carried out more often it would serve as a deterrence), but as a public safety measure. You kill sociopaths for the same reason you kill mad dogs, because they are a threat to the public welfare. If williams were granted clemency, he would go into the general prison population where he would be able to kill again. We should execute Williams for the same reason we want to kill Osama Bin Laden, because he is dangerous.