Juan Roberto Mendez is a part of a rare group in America. He is one of the 99 people that was wrongfully convicted and escaped the death penalty. His story was inspiring because the amount of time he spent in jail he used to fight for himself and his innocence. Unfortunately not many innocent jail birds get the chance to fly free. But the question is how can we save these innocent lives without punishing the truly guilty ones. How do we define guilt and even more define the degree of punishment associated with a level of guilt?
I believe the system we have in place works. We keep the bad people off the street for the most part but I think it could be refined. It would take technology beyond what we have now and money that we don’t have access to get the truth out of each cell mate and find out if they were true innocent or not. that means we’d have to change the court systems and almost throw democracy out the Window. Because so many things need to change, I think we are good where we are at. Its not perfect but people like Juan can fight for his innocence and the rest die a tragic death.
it’s a big time dilemma to have to choose between who will be alive and who will be out in the streets. Now the topic of even having the death penalty in force has to be brought up. if we got rid of it and jail mates live their life in jail instead of dying to the death penalty, we use up more resources than we want to. would we save more money turning this country into a big brother type of government or do or in paying for food, shelter, and clothing for inmates?