Argument: Executing criminals rules out the possibility of rehabilitation
Jack Random. "Save Tookie Williams - The Case Against Capital Punishment". 4 Dec. 2005 - "Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips gang and convicted murderer, in the absence of the governor’s act of clemency, commuting his death sentence to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, will be put to death by lethal injection on December 13...Williams stands as a rare and classic example of rehabilitation and redemption. He has become a powerful spokesperson against the gangster life. He has written children’s books and been nominated for a Nobel Prize. Aside from the straightforward moral question of whether the state should be engaged in the taking of human lives, the question that must be resolved in all cases of capital punishment is this: Is it in the interest of society?" The author goes on to highlight that Tookie had a unique position to advance the cause of peace, and that his death would eliminate the potential social good he could have further achieved in life.