Having been in an execution chamber, standing within 5 ft of the
electric chair used by the State of Ohio, listening to a description
of the process being given by a penitentiary employee, had a profound
effect on me as a 13 year old.
To this day, I could not vote for the death penalty.
Having said that, I am convinced that life in prison without the
possibility of parole, is not only less expensive, but extracts a
greater penalty than execution.
Given the choice of living the rest of your life in solitary
confinement or perhaps sharing a jail cell having less that 70 sq ft
with another human being or being executed, which would you choose?
Think about it.
Maybe, but what does it currently cost to get to that point? With all the
automatic appeals made when someone is sentenced to death, it's no wonder
that the death penalty costs the tax payers so much more. Shoot all the
lawyers first then then do your quick, humane criminal executions.
As would most. You can get used to almost every situation if it goes on long
enough. If not used to it, then at least able to put up with it.
Of course, I'm not sure that applies to being married to a nagging,
harassing wife. You're probably right Doug, I'm sure I have myself to blame
for not being married. But, I like it that way. :)
I don't understand. What is short lived about spending large amounts
The old execution question.
Does it or does it not prevent crime?
Some known facts.
Murder is by and large a crime of passion between people who know each
other so a legal deterrent doesn't apply in those situations.
People who are sentenced to death are usually poor and not able to
afford adequate representation to avoid the death penalty.
Blacks and others of color are by and large, most likely to receive
the death penalty.
There is nothing "bleeding heart" about the above, they are just
Ohio and Michigan are very similar in many respects.
Both Midwestern, similar size, similar size population, similar ethnic
mix of people, similar industrial and/or agricultural mix of business.
They do have a basic difference.
Ohio has the death penalty, Michigan does not.
These states have been studied for years.
What sticks out is that the capital murder rate, as a percentage of
population, in Michigan is about equal to that in Ohio, year after
The death penalty in Ohio does not reduce the capital murder rate
below that of Michigan.
Texas, Georgia, and Florida have the highest execution rates in the
country, but it doesn't seem to affect their capital murder rates.
There is conclusive evidence that execution doesn't serve as a
OTOH, there is the "feel good" factor, "By god, that's one SOB we
don't have to worry about anymore."
In this day and age, there has to be a better way of dealing with
man's inhumanity to man other than state sanctioned murder.
Compre the adjustment period of people learning that they "WILL" be exicuted
if found guilty of murder to the on going period of every convict convivted
of murder living free on our dollar fir the rest of his life. More liberal
laws in recent decades seem to not deter crime.
Absolutely, whether it be on our streets or behind prison walls.
Well that is one reason to murder and probably the most often used defense.
Still, if you know growing up that you will be exicuted for murdering a
person regardless of the reason the rate of murders would go down.
Being poor is no excuse to get out of punishment for murder.
That is ture today. Exicution of "all" murderers would do away with
The trend did not begin overnight, it will not stop overnight.
If every one was on board I strongly believe that the trend would go toward
I can assure you that many convivted of murder in Texas are not from Texas.
Same goes for housing murdererss for the rest of their lives on our dime.
There is, quit giving the murderers a way out of paying equally for their
There is a downside though. Anybody who has committed murder and knows that
they will be executed for it, will have absolutely no reason not to commit
murder again, taking as many as they can with them. They know they can only
be executed once. In some warped sense, it might cause more deaths than
might normally be the case.
Possibly, but then one might argue that's an opening for executions under
some, but not all circumstances, which is essentially what is happening
right now. ~ At least, with those states that have the death penalty.
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