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One List That America Should Be Ashamed To Be On. And Iraq Is Barely Beating Us.

In 2013, the United States ranked sixth globally in prisoners put to death. Also, we fact-checked this: 1 in 10 prisoners on death row are innocent.

One List That America Should Be Ashamed To Be On. And Iraq Is Barely Beating Us.

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The only countries in front of the U.S.: China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.


That is not a list I'd like to be a part of. Research has shown that 1 in 10 people on death row are actually innocent and later end up being exonerated. On top of that, it costs, on average, three times as much to put prisoners to death as it would to let them rot in a prison cell for the rest of their natural lives.

To me, this is not acceptable. Here's the thing. I'd be totally for the death penalty if it actually worked as a deterrent. I'd be for the death penalty if it didn't accidentally end up killing innocent people. I'd be for the death penalty if it was actual justice, rather than simple revenge. But it's none of those things. We don't live in a perfect world. Humans make mistakes. And I'd rather have the unintentional imprisonment of an innocent man on my conscience than his death. Death is irreversible. And three times more expensive. If you want to look at it from a punishment standpoint, I think rotting in a cell for the rest of your natural life is far more miserable than getting to skip out early. Every day, they'd have to actually think about what happened. And live with that.

The good folks at "The Penalty" would like to help make people aware of the destruction the death penalty causes.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.