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- Sep 28, 1999
Very contentious. But that is what this area is for.
My only problem with this is the nicety of it all, people who would qualify for this would almost certianly have not given their victims the same level of respect, so why should they be treated to a nice sedate dignified death...I would say this:
Do away with an automatic death penalty. But for folks who have committed the most heinous of crimes such that they get hundreds of years of prison sentences to run consecutively, give them the option to voluntarily end it all.
Let the volunteers have a nice dinner, a visit with a loved one, and maybe a generally pleasant day, to be followed by a strong sleeping pill. Then, while they are asleep, give them something permanent. Reserve this only for criminals who will NEVER see the light of day or smell freedom because of their crimes. And if they want to spend the rest of their lives in small, cramped cages, that's OK too.
We already treat many criminals differently by provideing them with 3 square meals a day, access to cable TV, and recreational activities, may of these are considered luxuries by hard working class people on the bread line...Because in that way we show that we are different to them.
Don't we do the same? Salem witch trials. Unfair small city racial punishments. We look at our ancestors as pretty barbaric too.Very sneaky there, but I totally agree with where you are going with that. People of the future will look back at how we handled drugs, crime, and punishment, and think we were barbaric.