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Old 01-13-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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I would prefer life without parole, let the murderer rot in jail for the rest of his days. If given the death penalty, numerous appeals follow, and the assailant is given "hero" status by death penalty opponents. Plus accomodations on death row are usually better than for general population.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:06 PM
 
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I just know that I personally could not handle that job. Even if they did murder someone, I could not be an executioneer, it would eat me alive at night.
Just as it eats away the lives of prison guards and wardens who have to administer it.

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Old 01-13-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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If given the death penalty, numerous appeals follow, and the assailant is given "hero" status by death penalty opponents.
Considering that 302 post conviction exonerations, I wonder why.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Or would you forgive? Or would you not forgive but still want to spare their life and make them go to jail instead?

I've always been a total believer in forgiveness, I hate violence of all kinds, whether it's "justified" or not. Though I haven't had anyone close to me murdered, thank God, so I can't say for sure if I would forgive them. I hope I would though.
I am sure most people would like to see the person who killed their loved ones executed. But it is not up to them. In criminal cases, the prosecutor is always the state, never surviving loved ones. And there are at least 2 very good reasons for this:

1) Many murder victims are not popular. In fact, many murder victims are not well-liked by anyone. Some have no family to speak of. If we left decisions about how to punish murder up to family members, a lot of murderers would go unpunished.

2) A lot of people don't need someone to kill one of their family members to feel justified in wanting to see them die. Some people are willing to see others die for the most trivial reasons. Sometimes, people are willing to kill just because they feel someone "disrespected" them. Again, decisions like this cannot be left in the hands of victims. Only a disinterested third party should be able to make such drastic decisions.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:18 PM
 
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In principle I'm in favor of the death penalty. In terms of practicality, I'm against it. Usually death row inmates spend years or decades incarcerated before the death penalty is finally carried out (if ever). I think lifetime solitary confinement might be a very suitable replacement.
I think lifetime solitary confinement may be a human rights violation. In most states, I think, death row inmates are confined to their individual cells. The cells open side (with bars) usually faces the wall on the other side of the walkway, therefore, the inmates cannot SEE each other. They can talk because the cells' bars side is open out to the walkway that goes down in front of the cells.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:22 PM
 
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I am sure most people would like to see the person who killed their loved ones executed. But it is not up to them. In criminal cases, the prosecutor is always the state, never surviving loved ones. And there are at least 2 very good reasons for this:

1) Many murder victims are not popular. In fact, many murder victims are not well-liked by anyone. Some have no family to speak of. If we left decisions about how to punish murder up to family members, a lot of murderers would go unpunished.

2) A lot of people don't need someone to kill one of their family members to feel justified in wanting to see them die. Some people are willing to see others die for the most trivial reasons. Sometimes, people are willing to kill just because they feel someone "disrespected" them. Again, decisions like this cannot be left in the hands of victims. Only a disinterested third party should be able to make such drastic decisions.
Actually, prosecutors (the State) do in fact consider what the family members of the victim want. In some cases, if the family does NOT want the death penalty, the State will not ask for it. At least in Florida that's the way it works. Also, the death penalty cannot be sought if there are no statutory aggravating circumstances in the case.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Lost in Texas
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I think lifetime solitary confinement may be a human rights violation. In most states, I think, death row inmates are confined to their individual cells. The cells open side (with bars) usually faces the wall on the other side of the walkway, therefore, the inmates cannot SEE each other. They can talk because the cells' bars side is open out to the walkway that goes down in front of the cells.
Funny, why aren't you concerned about the "human rights" of their victims??
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:26 PM
 
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Funny, why aren't you concerned about the "human rights" of their victims??
Those two are not mutually exclusive.

I never said I had no concern for the victims. I just don't want to see our states torture people.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Lost in Texas
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Those two are not mutually exclusive.

I never said I had no concern for the victims. I just don't want to see our states torture people.
Nor did the families of victims want to see their loved ones tortured. Actually solitary confinement gives these prisoners safety they wouldn't recieve in general population. It's pretty simple. Don't commit a crime that would render you the death penalty and you won't have to face that as a possible outcome for yourself.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:32 PM
 
Location: North East
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Or would you forgive? Or would you not forgive but still want to spare their life and make them go to jail instead?

I've always been a total believer in forgiveness, I hate violence of all kinds, whether it's "justified" or not. Though I haven't had anyone close to me murdered, thank God, so I can't say for sure if I would forgive them. I hope I would though.
This is one of those things impossible to answer until you are there. Answers may change when you are put in the situation.
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