The De-Facto Death Penalty Ban

by alphamonkey on November 13, 2007 · 4 comments

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October marked the first month in 3 years in which a prisoner was not executed in the United States. I’d love for that to be because we’ve realized that state-sponsored execution is counter to the principles we hold, but in reality it’s due to the supreme court agreeing to hear arguments in Baze v. Rees, which will test the constitutionality of lethal injection.

Slate has an excellent article on the history of lethal injection in the United States, and what this court challenge may mean for the death penalty in America.

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  • MavMurdoc

    I support the death penalty. I firmly believe that there are people out there who cannot be rehabilitated, cannot be a positive member of society, and deserve death for their crimes. If we had more of an eye for an eye policy (like if you purposefully murder someone then you get the ax as well) there would be a lot less crime in America today. The way it is now, if you kill someone, the state will give you a home, a bed, and 3 meals a day. All of this on the tax payer’s dime. Not that prison is four star resort, but it holds little fear in the hearts of criminals. Many hold the fact that they’ve been in prison as a badge of honor. Anyway… That’s my rant on it. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I do believe that we could do with a lot less death in this world, but going easy on people who have no regard for human life doesn’t do anything to improve our countries crime rate.

  • .alphamonkey.

    State sanctioned revenge just doesn’t work as a deterrent except in the case of the individual that gets killed. It does’t stop anyone else.

    I can’t say there are people who can’t be rehabilitated simply because our brand of ‘rehabilitation’ is a complete and utter joke. I’d rather fix the prison and penal system first before throwing more lives away.

  • MavMurdoc

    For me, it seems more for the protection of others than for revenge. Yes, I think that families of victims do deserve justice, but if a person represents a constant threat to the lives of those around him/her, then that situation needs to be dealt with.

    There ARE flaws in our prisons and the penal system. We CAN do more to help people with deep emotional and psychological problems. But you can’t deny that there is evil in this world. Not everyone is going to grow up to be a good person, and not everyone can be helped with their problems. So when a broken person kills someone, there should be an equally harsh punishment.

    I’m not saying that everyone who commits murder should be killed in return, but there should be harsh repercussions for people deemed dangerous. And yes, if a person is cracked enough to go on a killing spree, then the death penalty will probably do little to stop him for doing just that. But to abolish the death penalty could start an increase of more murders. If someone knows that no matter what they do, no matter how horrible their crime is, that the absolute worst thing that will happen to them is that they will spend rest of their life in prison, at least they will get to live.

    Everyone places some value on their own life, and if we take away the threat of them losing that, then there is nothing standing in the way of someone who is messed up enough to commit an act like that.

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