From the Sunday L.A. Times
It’s foolish to execute a man who represents a real opportunity to break the cycle of gang violence.
That’s my view too. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous. Sometimes the only person who can drag someone back from the brink of destruction is someone who’s been there. Why? They speak the language, they know the territory. They can connect when no one else can. A gangbanger won’t listen to a middle-aged Anglo telling them the gang life can destroy their life. But they will listen when the founder of the Crips says it.
If Tookie’s sentence is commuted, lives will be saved.