Re “America’s execution belt” (Editorial, Feb. 24):

The American judicial system boasts that it would rather have 10 guilty men go free than an innocent man be convicted. Really?

Today’s unjust justice system has savaged this maxim, augmented by a grotesque irony -- the area insistent on performing state-sponsored killings is the Bible Belt. Many people have heard the Old Testament teaching, an eye for an eye. Yet, consider Psalms 89:14: “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne …”

The Innocence Project has facilitated 343 DNA exonerations; furthermore, the Innocence Project found 147 actual perpetrators. Alabamian Anthony Ray Hinton was wrongly convicted and falsely imprisoned for 30 years. At his release in 2015, Hinton was the 152nd person exonerated from death row since 1983. Does anyone believe that states have only executed guilty people?

“Mistakes happen. Courts can err. Witnesses can lie. Representation can be flawed. But we still kill ...” your editorial read. In 2017, the National Registry of Exonerations found that 70 of 166 exonerations involved government misconduct, usually prosecutors withholding exculpatory evidence. That’s intentional and criminal. The New York Times Magazine report found few prosecutors face disbarment or prison.

Enough injustice. States, ban state sponsored killings.

Marc D. Greenwood

Camp Hill