Hello everyone, i recently(20 minutes ago) started wondering what intelligent people thought about the death penalty, i consider myself by no means close to highly intelligent so i'd like to ask:
What do you think about the death penalty?
personally i don't like it, death isn't punishment fitting of crimes like rape, murder, kidnapping, child-molestation etc.
i think lifetime imprisonment is the way to go. ^^
Prison now a days is nothing but modern day slavery. Especially when you factor in the race and socioeconomic disparities in sentencing for drug crimes.
I agree with the modern day slavery analogy. There is a Prison Strike in Georgia. Prisoners are refusing to work and want the following:
We don't rehabilitate, we punish and ostracize the people that run afoul of the law. We have an obscene obsession with punishment in this country. It's no wonder our recidivism rate is abhorrent. That and the prison system is inundated with people who should be in mental health hospitals.
The death penalty is an excuse that a society makes, in believing we are not responsible for anothers crime. Take the child, who is hurt and abused and ends up a killer. No -one cared, therefore they, the child grew up .. and stopped caring. Who is responsible? Death penalty makes it too easy for us to overcome our fears of others with no accountability. They are bad, we are good.
I think the death penalty is more about revenge, than it is justice.
Also, since most humans don't want to kill another or be responsible for their death, it is very difficult for people to convict a person if the death penalty may be the punishment. As such, people will let a criminal go free rather than kill them. We still have a real distaste at ending a human life. As we should. It also stops us from creating justice in our community.
Death Penalty, numbs our humanity. It is a very dangerous endeavour.
I think it should be a last resort action, not a first resort. A serial killer is better off kept alive for investigation. However, when a person cannot be controlled by any other means, even isolation, then the person should be executed to protect the greater community. There are those who turn their violence on fellow inmates and guards, and those who are great at escaping and killing (such as Ted Bundy). At that point, yes, it is necessary to execute, as the potential lives of those future victims are of higher value.
But, those who are put to death because of party laws, I most strongly disagree with. You screwed up by giving guns to your fellow gangmembers for robbing a crack house. But I do not think your death will protect future victims.
Escape and prison violence is an incarceration quality problem. It shouldn't be used as an excuse to execute.
I think i agree with you about Texas. I'm assuming that nitrogen hypoxia is painless? Maybe mix in some nitrous oxide to make it more enjoyable?