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Written by godlessmonster
February 26, 2010 at 10:00 am
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Regarding your comments on the death penalty for these two:
I’m a socially liberal, fiscally conservative Democrat. I don’t look at the death penalty as punishment.
Imagine the body of society as an actual body, with crime some dread disease. Suppose one of your adrenal glands was failing. If there were medication that could return the gland to its normal function, that would be your first line of treatment, wouldn’t it? This is like putting someone in prison for a finite term.
It’s not a good analogy, because there isn’t a lot done in prison to see that those there are returned to the “normal function” of a member of the body. There should be, but there isn’t.
However, if the adrenal gland cannot be returned to normal function, and if it actively harms your body, the only solution is surgery. You remove the bad part from the body.
I have no theoretical issues with the death penalty. Robert Alton Harris was executed, and I’m glad. William George Bonin was executed, and I’m glad. I have two issues with the actual performance of the death penalty. First, I believe there are places where a person is not adequately defended in court, which is wrong. Second, in many cases, the death penalty is more expensive to carry out than LWOP. In California, where I lived for many years, the death penalty requires an automatic appeal to the State Supreme Court. Death penalty prisoners are housed separately, and aren’t forced to share a cell. It can be much safer out of general population. Due to the amount of time a person can spend on death row (Harris was convicted in 1979 and executed in 1992; Clarence Ray Allen was sentenced in 1981 and executed in 2006) I feel that it is a waste of tax dollars to sentence someone to death in California. I do not feel this way about the federal system.
March 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Good enough analogy for me. Thank you for adding to the conversation!
March 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm
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June 10, 2010 at 12:15 am
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June 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
Proponents of the death penalty have kind of lost the plot. At the moment of death all suffering, troubles and regrets are canceled for the hapless miscreant. Not only that, I’ve never met or talked to anyone who cared one whit about the death sentence in any serious way. Certainly criminals don’t care. They don’t plan to get caught in the first place. And then if they are caught and condemned the process of years and years of appeals is challenge that gives them the illusion of hope, much like the rest of us on the outside.
June 29, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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