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Should people who are sentenced to life in prison be allowed the death penalty as an option, and why?

Nawp. One of my main gripes about capital punishment - aside from its irreversibility - is the interminable appeals, counter-appeals, and infinite billable hours for attorneys on both sides. All this does is to make bottom-feeders rich, raise public blood pressure, and drain government coffers.

I think being deprived of liberty for life is a much more severe punishment, because the evil-doer will die anyway, some day, and thus faces both temporal and Eternal punishment.


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torakiyoshi
Feb. 23rd, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
I'm currently reading Innocent Man, by John Grisham. I haven't even gotten that far yet, and it's already changing my view of that endless appeals process.
deckardcanine
Feb. 23rd, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'd consider giving lifers the chance to commit unassisted suicide (that is, not trying to stop them if they do). The trouble with that is that someone might do something bad enough to get life just to make suicide easy... eh, not likely, tho.

I'm undecided on capital punishment. Some thugs might reign in their behavior only out of fear for their lives. OTOH, by confirming that killing is sometimes justice, we may inspire more "vigilantes."

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