I believe that the execution of Stanley Tookie was
shortsighted. Granted, he was a founding
member of the Crips street gang, and he was guilty of various crimes. But, by the time of his execution, he was an anti-gang
activist. Many young people looked up to
him, and by letting him serve a sentence of life in prison, he could have
steered some of them away from the gang life.
Stanley "Tookie" Williams was convicted of murder twice and was also the leader of The Crips, a major street gang in Los Angeles. He did not really "reform" himself until he was on death row and very likely only made the changes in his personal life (becoming anti-gang and writing children's books) in an attempt to stay alive.