We are told that we should forgive the killer, but I reminded them that no killer has asked for my forgiveness. Besides he didn't take the life of one of my relatives so I don't have the right to forgive him. During a talk show I debated forgiveness and mercy as it related to the Susan Smith case the mother who drowned her two little boys. I had just demanded a death sentence for her, but the judge I was debating asked, "But what about mercy, Dr. Boys?" I replied, "Mercy you get from God; from the courts you expect justice."
Last year I read a book about Karla Faye Tucker, a young lady who in the midst of a drug binge murdered two people. She was executed several years later even though many people fought hard to keep her alive. While behind prison she converted to Christianity and some people felt that she not only was remorseful for her actions but deserved to face life in prison... in other words, that her life should be spared. While reading that book what struck me the most was that her life was one that now people felt ought to be saved because she appeared to have been rehabilitated. Personally, I'd love to see prison systems work on reducing recidivism via rehabilitation, education, and other services. In this way, perhaps the revolving door of prisons can slow down and the costs associated with housing, feeding, educating, and rehabilitating these prisoners can serve society best by keeping them from reentering the prison system.