(Original post by necessarily benevolent)
If they're in prison it would just be an indicator of weakness to the masses and would have a detrimental impact on prison spaces (which are bursting right now btw) which should be reserved for those who deserve to live. In reference to your second comment, a tragedy of course, but some slip through the net and you'll see that through history there are always casualties when it comes to implementing ideas. Think of all the lives that could be saved at the expense of one or two. And no, there are always indicators as to whether a death was or was not premeditated, and my above comment portrays why, even the rare mistakes in this case, might serve a greater purpose.
An indicator of weakness to the masses? That's the point, these "masses" that you talk about are the same ones who talk of grotesquely hanging unconvicted pedophiles on their testicles and issuing virtual fatwas on any pedophile that walks the earth, convicted or not. What lives could be saved? Are you under the assumption that I'm saying "Oh, gawrsh, can't kill 'em, just let 'em off into the streets."
And that's what I'm saying, that this merciless "Death for death" approach will lead to those who are truly innocent being executed. What possible greater good can this serve? An illusion that things are safer when they aren't? The illusion that we are just even after we put innocent people to death? The idea that humans, beyond a certain point, are irredeemable so that they cease to draw breath?
"There are always indicators as to whether a death is an accident" - No there isn't. Two people rendezvous, one lives in a dangerous neighbourhood with intent to kill the person he's meeting. If the person with the intent is clever enough to make it look like an accident, he can claim he takes the gun with him because of his dangerous neighbourhood.
A drunk person in a hit-and-run who's been waiting to have a person they want to die to cross a road can kill someone, and claim it was the influence of the alcohol that led him to driving badly. Yes, this person will probably know the victim; but the indicators of "accident" supersede it, because it isn't unheard of; people in hit-and-runs that know each other. And on the other hand, person A's wife gets raped by person B and the wife can't bear to go through a trial. person A is driving under the influence, or has an argument with person B that escalates, and person B accidentally dies. What happens? person A put to death?
(Original post by jjbristol)
Very well. But what is the point of offering this woman any help. Trying to rehabilitate her is pointless unless it is planned that she could one day be released. So i'm assuming you support her release. Do you think it is acceptable that a woman who put her own baby in the microwave to die because she was scared of losing her boyfriend should one day be allowed to walk free amongst us? I'm sorry but i find the idea ridiculous.
Something tells me you've had practise in putting words in someone's mouth. Slow down there, buddy boy. No, I don't think she deserves to walk the street. Potentially ever again. A life-sentence in a prison-***-mental facility. If rehabilitation proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt to be successful after her sanity being repeatedly verified (which will no doubt take a few decades) then let her go. If not, she stays in prison for life.
The thing is, I'm against capital punishment, but it's not something I'd go arms up in pickets for, because I'm still a bit on the fence. One thing I do believe though, is that it's something that, due to people such as yourself, could be in danger of being used unjustifiably frequently. And of course "eye for an eye" in all cases, which I find so utterly ridiculous.