Does Dylann Roof deserve the death penalty?
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Does Dylann Roof deserve the death penalty?

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Dylann Roof was sentenced to death by a jury of his peers for killing nine Black parishioners in a racially-based attack 19 months ago. To many, Roof is exactly the kind of monster who deserves the death penalty. Others think the death penalty should be abolished entirely—and that death is too easy of a punishment. What do you think?

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Roof's lack of remorse and depravity have convinced some people to reconsider their positions on the death penalty. 

Initially, the savagery of Roof’s crimes and his unquestionable guilt in the slaughter of nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church in 2015 did nothing to change my anti-death-penalty stance. I wanted him locked up for the rest of his miserable life, but another murder was not my idea of justice.That was until passages from Roof’s prison journal, a racist manifesto, were read in court during the ongoing death-penalty phase of his federal murder trial.“I would like to make it crystal clear I do not regret what I did. I am not sorry. I have not shed a tear for the innocent people I killed,” Roof wrote. He expressed sympathy for “innocent white children forced to live” in a country he described as “sick.” His only tear, Roof said, was shed in “self-pity for myself. I feel pity that I had to do what I did in the first place. I feel pity that I had to give up my life because of a situation that should never have existed.”

Some people are opposed to the death penalty no matter who it is. In general, the death penalty does not work to deter crime and there are too many opportunities for mistaken convictions. In this case, there's another reason to back a life sentence—death is too easy. 

I’m recommending that it’s better to condemn Roof to a lifetime of suffering than to end his miserable life. Easing him to eternal rest does nothing to heal the wounds he has inflicted. But ensuring that he has to live every day for the rest of his life with the same horror, pain and, eventually, perhaps even recognition of the sorrows he caused is the punishment I wish for him. Life in prison without possibility of parole is what he deserves.
Perhaps the most important reason to spare his life is because this is what the victims’ family members say they prefer. These are the same folks who forgave Roof less than two days after the shootings when they faced him at his bond hearing.Because they have found it in their fertile hearts to leave Roof’s fate to the final arbiter of justice, killing him would be a betrayal of their higher purpose and their faith in the power of redemption.

Roof's sentence has some anti death penalty activists conflicted. There are many things wrong with the death penalty as a policy, but some people are so evil they deserve death. Roof is one of these people. 

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