The Austin American Statesman is reporting that an Austin man sentenced to death wants to drop his appeals and be executed because living in prison is too hard. His complaint makes a good argument for abolishing the death penalty and sentencing people to life in prison.
Sentenced to die for the 2006 killing of his girlfriend’s mother, Selwyn P. Davis told a judge in Travis County on Friday that he wants to waive most of his appeals because he is guilty and he doesn’t want to spend his life in prison.
“I’m certain of what I want,” Davis told state District Judge Julie Kocurek. “The quality of life is not, basically, to my standards, you know what I am saying? Basically, jail sucks.”
He talked about death row in Huntsville: He is confined 23 hours a day to a tiny cell, can’t watch television and hasn’t had any visitors since he arrived last year. He said a life of listening to the radio, writing poetry, reading and corresponding with a few pen pals does not appeal to him.
Davis said that since he’s been back in Travis County, he read in the newspaper about a death row inmate who was executed though some think he may have been innocent.
“I’m guilty of my crime,” he said. “They did not let him go; why would they let me go?”