I made an earlier post about the death penalty in America and said much the same thing that is brought out in this article. While I really doubt that Florida has the balls to carry something like this off, I want to make 2 comments about what the ACLU said about the proposal and the rep’s words himself:
1) The comment that “along comes a state rep who develops proposed legislation from what he overhears at the Waffle House,” Simon said”, instead of being a negative shows that some politicians are starting to listen to their constituents and the public in general.
2) I reiterate that the making death “comfortable” is the highest form of lunacy. While torture might be illegal ( tho’ deserved in some cases) a quick death by firing squad is all they deserve.
People are still ranting and raving about killing a man convicted of murder.
Heres my take on the Death Penalty and prison(ers) in general.
In a number of states there is a 3 strike rule. Do 3 crimes and go to jail for life. I say that is a waste of taxpayer $$$ Why spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to incarcerate, educate and care for a person who will never contribute to society?
My three strike program:
Murder is always a Capital offense. Death penalty, no option.
Strike 1) Sentencing at the Judges discretion, taking into account past history and circumstances as well as the severity of the crime.
Strike 2) Sentence is max allowed by law. No options.
Strike 3) Death.
According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_in_the_United_States) at the end of 2008 there were almost 2.3 million prisoners in US prisons and County jails.
At an average annual cost of $44,165 per inmate per year, (http://www.cga.ct.gov/2008/rpt/2008-R-0099.htm) that is a staggering cost of $101,232,053,945.00 per year! EVERY YEAR!! And it will only go up. $101 billion dollars spent on people who will still cost the taxpayer $$ after they are released and placed on parole.
When the life in prison is often better than the life on the outside (think Somali pirates captured, tried and sentenced to life) there is little incentive for criminals to try to go straight. Yes, some do make the effort and I say more power on them. But by and large prison doesn’t do the job.
If however there were REALLY SERIOUS consequences to committing a crime the third time………………..
Why is William Petit being put through the hell of another trial in the case of his murdered family?????
If you commit a crime where somone dies you are guilty of 1st degree murder! It does not make one whit of difference if you are the one that did the killing or not.
Joshua Komisarjevsky has confessed at length to his involvement in the events leading up to the deaths of Dr. Petit’s wife and 2 daughters, that Steven Hayes has already been convicted and sentenced for. Sentence the low life and let Dr. Petit get on with his life.
The travesty of the death penalty is not that an individual who richly deserves to be dead is put to death, it is that the family of the victim has to wait so long for justice to be carried out. Give the family closure and save the taxpayers a fortune.
In a recent CNN poll 64% of the people are in favor of the death penalty. It is a farce that it should take 22 years to carry out the sentence of the courts and the decree of a jury of peers. Is the system perfect. No, nothing is. There will always be doubt from some quarter about ANYTHING.
It sends the wrong message to criminals and potential criminals that if you are convicted and receive the death penalty odds are that you will not be executed. Reform the system so that the parameters for death sentences are concrete and uniform across the whole country. Then limit the appeal process to a finite time and at the end of the appeal process carry out the sentence.
As a final thought…..who cares if the execution is “humane”? I’m of absolute certainty that the killer did not give even passing consideration to his victims discomfort when they died.
Stand the animal up against the wall and put a $.50 bullet between his eyes.