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Wed Jul 23, 2014, 11:27 PM

9. I am reminded of something I heard on TV from an inmate

 

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I am reminded of something I heard on TV from an inmate who was serving a life sentence without the chance for parole: "I'm basically serving a slow death penalty." For a truly evil and hardened criminal, that 'slow death penalty' sounds like an appropriate punishment.

But I oppose the actual (i.- 'quick') death penalty because it is barbaric, because our government should be better than the murderers it punishes, and because it costs more than imprisoning our worst criminals for life sentences. Also, imprisoning our worst offenders for life without parole seems like a deeper, more substantial punishment, giving the perpetrator time to reflect on the harm done by the crime.

But most of all, I oppose the death penalty vs life without parole because if the jury happens to get it wrong, and the wrong guy got locked up for someone else's crime, we can set things to right. The actual death penalty does not allow that.

We humans are imperfect, and we must design our justice systems to be resilient and humane within that imperfection.

-app

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