The reason the death penalty does not deter as much as one would think is because the law has no teeth. If sentenced to death, an inmate indeed has access to that very appeals process that you mentioned. Years and years and thousand and thousands of dollars while the victim's family has no closure. Has to sit through hearing after hearing, reliving the horrific events repeatedly.<br><br>Beheadings and amputations are barbaric indeed. But because these punishments are swift and final, I'd be willing to bet that the deterrence factor is greater than it is here.<br><br>So please don't try to play the non-deterrent and expense cards. If the system were more efficient, if sentences were carried out without the abuse of due process, you'd see more perps fear the consequences of their actions.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The real failure here is the lack of adequate supervision and surveillance of known sex offenders<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Oops..missed this. <br><br>You are exactly right. We have a site for Kentucky registered sex offenders and you can see if someone is compliant or non-compliant. Why they don't go out looking for this person, I don't know, but here's what it says when they are non-compliant:<br><br><br><br>What's scary is how many killings/kidnappings have happened recently in FL with known sex-offenders...this makes 3 in the last 6 months? (or 2 or more..not sure but it's enough!) <br><br>
Well, one good thing about the appeals process and delaying execution is that at least one person has been pulled off of death row due to him being innocent.<br><br>Correction..according to this site, 92. http://www.truthinjustice.org/no92.htm<br><br>oops..that was in 2001.<br><br>It's actually 115 since 2004<br><br><br>Dang it...if only they had went ahead and zapped them suckers, we wouldn't have to worry about releasing the innocent and possible civil suits to follow! <br><br>
Hmm...one thing about open discussions like this is it makes me realize that my opinion on something CAN be changed!<br><br>Before today, I probably leaned more for the death penalty. But really thinking about it and seeing some posts here I have come to realize that the death penalty should be abolished. <br><br>
I think your approach to a very personal and traumatic experience is indeed admirable. And I agree with your take on how counter-productive anger is. But what you're describing is a very inward-facing thing. Shedding your anger certainly works for you and those close to you, but I'm not sure if it works outwardly as a societal remedy.<br><br>Oddly enough, I've never felt anger toward the kid who slugged me last year, even though I damn near lost an eye and have 2 titanium plates and 8 screws (all of 'em loose ) in my head as a result. In fact, instead of calling a cop, I flagged a cab and got my busted face to the ER so I could get Xrays and a lollipop. But do I hope young Mr. Haymaker goes off on the wrong guy some day. You better believe it!<br><br>Good on you for your attitude, but your tormentor still deserves to be dealt with in a manner befitting his crime.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p> but your tormentor still deserves to be dealt with in a manner befitting his crime.<br><p><hr></blockquote><p><br>There are some that believe he'll be dealt with upon his death. Not in the manner of death but afterwards.<br><br>
As one speaker surmised, dentists lose sleep over a less-than-perfect restoration of a tooth...while a neurosurgeon, who is located in his building, kills three people a week and sleeps like a baby. <br><br>
_________________________ Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson
Oh great! Let 'em off the hook today, 'cuz tomorrow they's a-gonna get it from ol' B. L. Zeebub. In fact, let shut down all the prisons and let 'em all loose and just wait for them to die of natural causes. Then they'll be sorry! <br><br>
Not sure how old you are (though it doesn't really matter), but a pursuit of something in psychology would be beneficial for you and for others. (note: not seeing a psychologist, but in the academic field is what I'm talking about)<br><br>I work with kids who have been abused (sexually, mentally, and/or physically) and trying to explain to them that they could live their lives one of 2 ways:<br>Letting their past dictate how they live (anger, possibly becoming like their abuser, depression, etc) and never dealing with what happened and forgiving themselves (not saying that they were at fault, but some victims actually do blame themselves, however incorrect that may be). <br><br>or<br><br>Move on with their lives. Shedding the hate/anger and learn to forgive themselves (and potentially) and their abusers. To realize that there is nothing in this world that can change what happened. Not even harming the abuser.<br><br> I also tell them that they could let the abuser continue to dictate their lives or they could control their own life.<br><br><br><br>
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