Quotation by Helen Prejean

...if I were to be murdered I would not want my murderer executed. I would not want my death avenged. Especially by government—which can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of its citizens to kill.
Helen Prejean (b. 1940), U.S. nun and activist against the death penalty. Dead Man Walking, ch. 1 (1993).
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