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Old 05-26-2009, 08:23 PM
 
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I think I don't believe in the death penalty, but I have no answer as to what to do with serial killers. They find ways to escape imprisonment and kill again.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:11 AM
 
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Opposed.
No question.
Ain't no rich person ever been punished by death.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Boise
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Are you all for or against the death penalty?

If you are for the death penalty, do you think it should only apply in murder cases or also in cases such as child rape, etc?

I, for one, am against the death penalty. But, I'd like to hear views from both sides.
I'm really not much of a fan. There are a lot of reasons that have doubtlessly already discussed here. There's the whole possibility of innocence, and I would be willing to bet that if any of the pro death penalty folks out there were about to be executed for a crime they did not commit, they would change their tune in a hurry. It is of course easy to say what one will do in a given situation, but what will actually happen is often quite different.

Much of my disagreement with the death penalty comes from some of my own experience. My brother was murdered, in his home, by his friend. I can't help but remember something I saw on 20/20 or a show like that. Anyhow they interviewed a guy on death row who said something along the lines of "I wanted their daughter to be dead for about 2 minutes, they have waited for me to be put to death for 10 years now. I think that speaks for itself."

For me, I can understand this. It doesn't put me on any higher moral ground to wait for the government to put him to death. If they did they would be killing him against his will just the same. Not to mention, it isn't going to do any good. My brother is still gone, and will be no matter what happenes to the guy who did it. And If I pine away counting the days to his demise, I'm just adding more to the fire.
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Old 05-27-2009, 02:15 AM
 
Location: Boise
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I think I don't believe in the death penalty, but I have no answer as to what to do with serial killers. They find ways to escape imprisonment and kill again.
I don't know much about how many people escape from prison, but do that many people really escape? I mean I would imagine that serial killers would be in some pretty tight holding.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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I don't know much about how many people escape from prison, but do that many people really escape? I mean I would imagine that serial killers would be in some pretty tight holding.
Ted Bundy escaped from a Colorado jail and was caught 8 days later. He escaped again 7 months later, traveled to Florida and killed three more people. This was while he was being held for trial, however, you are probably right about convicted serial killers being held in maximum security.

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Old 05-27-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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I'm for it.
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: On the Ohio River in Western, KY
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for it, let em hang and hang high for all to see.
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Old 05-28-2009, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If there is no doubt they did what they did, let'em fry. That goes for murders and child rapist.

Not many things make me more angry than hearing about a guy with a rap sheet 12 pages long committing yet another violent act against somebody.

Same goes for sex offenders. There shouldn't be such a thing as a sex offender alert for certain neighborhoods and areas, because they have no business being out of jail in the first place.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:44 AM
 
Location: Waco, TX
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I am for it, but I think for some of the most heinous crimes, it is too easy a way out. For child rapists and such I am all for forced labor camps. Make them wish they were dead.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:19 PM
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Location: East Central Phoenix
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Are you all for or against the death penalty?

If you are for the death penalty, do you think it should only apply in murder cases or also in cases such as child rape, etc?

I, for one, am against the death penalty. But, I'd like to hear views from both sides.
I am a strong supporter of capital punishment ... however, I dislike the way it is administered nowadays. Many years ago, punishment was swifter and quicker. There was a case of a young mass murderer (Starkweather) back in the 1950s who was convicted and sentenced to death. Within a short period of time, he was strapped in the electric chair and fried. That is good, effective capital punishment!

These days, whenever somebody is sentenced to death, the criminal often sits on death row for 10 or 20 + years while numerous appeals take place, wasting taxpayer money. Then, if or when the actual execution finally happens, it's nothing more than lethal injection, which amounts to the same concept as putting a beloved pet to sleep. Today's form of capital punishment is NO deterrent!

Now, what constitutes the death penalty, in my opinion, is murder. The only time I would favor capital punishment for rapists, arsonists, thieves, etc. would be when the victim dies from the assaults. But like I previously stated, keeping these cretins on death row for decades after the fact, mooching off taxpayer money isn't an effective deterrent. It needs to be swift and harsh, like it was back in the 1950s and prior.
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