The Dallas District Attorney’s office preserved DNA evidence. When advances in science occurred, they were able to retest many samples in cases where people claimed innocence. As a result, some men were freed. Other counties destroyed the same material. Those men are still in prison.
The innocent who are still in jail we can sorrow for. But what about the guilty? Should we care about them? Really?
After all, Christ did not tell us we needed to forgive only the innocent. Seriously, the innocent are the ones we want to forgive us. It is the others we need to visit.
I was remembering my Dad. His last calling before his Parkinson’s got bad was as a prison chaplain for LDS prisoners, most serving life sentences. One week a month he was a sealer at the Los Angeles Temple, three weeks a month he served as a chaplain at his own expense (like any other church calling).
The striking thing about the service was how much he felt the men receiving it needed it and how easy it was for others to feel that what he was doing was unnecessary because the men were guilty.
Yet, as we say “we are all beggars” we might well say “we are all guilty.”
For more, http://bible.cc/matthew/25-44.htm