This is the most powerful and memorable article I read this week. Ostensibly about the fight over one man’s last request, it speaks to a much larger question.

Since 1982 the State of Texas has executed 573 prisoners. This New York Times opinion piece by Helen Prejean, of Dead Man Walking fame, argues for a small modicum of decency in our administration of the ultimate punishment.

As Dostoyevsky famously said “A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens but by how it treats its criminals.”

‘Look at My Face,’ I Told a Man Before He Was Executed