In his short story “Coventry,” Robert Heinlein postulates a “reservation” where criminals are exiled.
Exile imposed on those who act to harm others, to a “reservation” where the Covenant is not observed. Coventry is surrounded by a heavily guarded force shield to prevent the exiles from leaving without permission. The concept behind this treatment is that the government has no right to “punish” its members, but an individual who is unwilling to abide by society’s agreements may be ejected from the society.
Could something like that be used today to deal with those sentenced to death, life, or multiple life sentences? Maybe take 75 square miles of Montana, out in the middle of nowhere, fence it off, mine the snot out of the border, station a few anti-aircraft sites in suitable positions, and then dump all the incorrigibles there. Have a few sats to monitor the airspace, and shoot down anything that enters. No way out. We don’t kill them, we don’t imprison them…we simply remove them from society. Forever.
I think with proper planning, this could be cheaper than prison, morally superior to the death penalty, and ease prison overcrowding. I know John Carpenter did this with “Escape From New York,” but that was too close to civilization.
Possible? Desireable? Problems of both the moral and engineering kind?