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Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

A "Lifer" kills...point, game, set...

February 2, 2011 at 1:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

The deterrent effect is that particular murderer will not kill again inside or outside of prison if put to death. That fact is truly unassailable. Deterrence has never been an argument in favor of the death penalty on my part. Barbaric is a sex offender released only to murder a Lake Poway jogger; barbaric is a mass murderer of 5 who cannot be put to death as it would be 'cruel and unusual punishment'; barbaric is stacking lifers on top of one another in a state prison so they can kill, deal drugs, rape other inmates, that is barbaric. No one need feel sorry anyone who believes some crimes require the perpetrator loses his right to life when they murder. Thank you and good day!

January 28, 2011 at 5:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

Europe has a long history of despots, dictators, kings, queens, tsars, etc. who used the death penalty as means of ruling over its population is my point. Thus European aversion to the death penalty, given that background, is at least understandable. Mistreatment of ethnic minorities is a stain on American history to be sure but does not rise to the level of Stalin's 'purges' or Tsar Nicholas' regular deadly crackdown against Russian dissidents or even Franco's death squads against Spanish communists, socialists, unionists and other 'undesirables'. A Lifer in prison may experience a miserable existence but still escapes the fate their victims could not escape.

January 27, 2011 at 11:35 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Future Uncertain For Death Penalty In California

A few points:
Unlike Europe or other "civilized" nations the US has no history of using death sentences as a means to quell political dissent, punish political opponents or as a means for ruling over the populace at large.

DNA-based evidence allows society to punish the guilty beyond all reasonable doubt with a death sentence.

Prisons jammed pack with lifers are very dangerous places for the jailers and the prisoners alike. We can reduce that lifer population through a reasonable and careful deployment of the death penalty.

Lastly, the death penalty is a deterrent in that the perpetrator in question will never re-offend inside or outside of prison. The death penalty is about the ultimate punishment for society’s most heinous and repeat criminal offenders.

January 27, 2011 at 10:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )