I never understand this love affair with the death penalty. If I truly wanted revenge on someone, I would want them to spend the rest of their life in prison. From my second-hand knowledge (novels, documentaries, TV / movies) American prisons seem like a pretty awful place.
Yes, but it’s been extensively documented (I can’t be bothered to hunt up a cite) that the processes leading up to a execution cost more that a lifetime in jail. Perhaps it’s different in a country like China, where they don’t bother so much about due legal process.
If he’s “about to die” but not dead yet, I hope he’s still being fed. Still, if we’re going to kill him soon anyway, I guess making him really, really hungry pales in comparison.
There are no cost savings in executing him. This is because over the long haul, the cost of the (publicly funded) appeals of death row prisoners exceeds the costs of maintaining them for life in prison.
This is true. But when a death sentence leads to an appeal process that goes on for twenty years or more, I think it’s safe to say that something is broken. New rule: if you’re sentenced to death, you’re appeal gets fast-tracked. Two years later you’re either freed from jail or liberated from your body.
I’d feel terrified, and relived to be alive, and I hope I wouild still feel that any system of penal measures should not be designed and implemented by people who have just been the victims of crimes, because their approach will likely result in disproportionately harsh sentences.
I might feel a bit of anger at the anti-gun lobby as well, because I likely would not have been in that situation if I were armed and could defend myself with a legally-carried firearm.
I hope that even in spite of my terror, though, I would recognize that killing another human being in the calm, dispassionate way that the death penalty does, not reacting to any imminent danger, is not only wrong, but unwise to boot.