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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhat View Post
    If the death penalty stopped crime then we'd be crimeless. The reality is that it doesn't deter anyone...
    Which you cannot prove. You can prove it doesn't deter all crimes/murders, but you have absolutely no way to prove it does not in fact deter. There is no conceivable way to gather that data.

    However, I do believe that the current methods are less of a deterrent. It should be done publicly and be either hanging or firing squad. I think hanging would be more loathsome to most people, but firing squad also has it's uses. Take the kindergarten classes down to the square and let them see that people who kill others die for doing it. If done by firing squad, you can also better teach them firearms safety as they get a very clear picture that shooting someone, unlike in movies or television, kills and those killed don't get a part in a different movie/series next week. Say from Kindergarten through 12th, they go see one every other year, when available. If not very common, then just take the whole school. We would see much better results that way.
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    There would be plenty of space for anyone who would be otherwise executed if we let the potheads out of jail. But I wouldn't be so quick to write off problems today. It's easy to think that we're past such shortcomings, but these problems do crop up fairly frequently. I think a lot of the problems that plagued our justice system in the past have been seriously exacerbated by the drug war. It's made the adversarial nature of it even more adversarial, and to our detriment. It fundamentally changed the duties and style of police, from attempting to protect people from harm to attempting to control us, because we're all potential carriers of contraband. I think without that mentality, we would see a lot less police misconduct. Because while some of those problems exist, you're right that they're not as bad as they used to be. Racism does not rule the day when a black man is accused of harming a white woman. At least not as much as it used to. But the adversarial nature of police procedure has gotten much worse to compensate.
    You know Im all about changing the drug laws, but having more room isnt the solution. Those folks on death row are usually there for a reason. Let em live in Genpop on a life sentence...there is no reason for them not to harm others.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by NIMBY View Post
    Since you're from Chicago, how about our crooked ex-governor Big Jim Thompson. The 1920's Illinois Repub crooks would be proud. Well over $2million in pension since 1991. A higher pension now than his governor's salary due to compound COLA he signed into law. Kudos to the Tribune for their crusade against our crooks specifically, and all crooks like the Whiting, Indiana BP refinery in general.
    I am no fan of Big Jim -- I think he helped ruin the state -- but whether he is literally a criminal I don't know.
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhat View Post
    No; it's not punishment- it's legalized revenge. Death row inmates appeal often as a byproduct of rules and regulations, in many states it is an automatic process. In other cases it is because they believe themselves to be innocent and well if you did, you'd appeal it too. Lastly appeals occur as interested groups take action to advance their agenda.

    In the end a dead person is dead and therefore not rehabilitated nor punished, both functions of the penal system that in this case are unfulfilled...
    Wow, you really are digging in on this nonsense!
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    I doubt it's possible to deter crime. I'll generally obey traffic regulations but I'll cheerfully defy any law I consider a bad law. So long as there's no cops around, anyway.
    Prisons aren't the reason most of us don't steal or murder or beat up strangers in the street. Maybe if you've already been up once you'll try to avoid it but recidivism rates kind of say 'no' to that, too.

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    It certainly deters the recipient of the injection!
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhat View Post
    If the death penalty stopped crime then we'd be crimeless. The reality is that it doesn't deter anyone...
    As I just said, there is one class of persons which it undeniably does deter.
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by DVSentinel View Post
    Unfortunately, killing is sometimes necessary for the protection of everyone else.
    Not outside of immediate self defense or defense of others, no.

    Using the death penalty is hardly showing "callousness and indifference". It is stopping known presumed very violent criminals from ever possibly doing it again and is done to protect society for revenge.
    Fixed for accuracy. Unless you're ignoring the actual evidence and arguing that the death penalty is a deterrent, how is an executed prisoner safer than an incarcerated one?

    Further, funny how many people feel locking a person into a cage, treating them like uncontrollable animals, which some are, for their entire life is somehow "better" than just passing them on to the next life.
    Mostly it's that there is no such next life. But if you've read anything that I post on this issue, you would know that that is not at all how I argue for treating prisoners. I'm a very staunch advocate for restorative justice. See also my reply to Vance for additional details.

    Personally, the possibility of not getting the death penalty and having to spend the rest of my life is prison is far more of a deterrent. Death, to me, is much preferable and merciful than to spend a useless life of torture locked in a cage.
    If it's more of a deterrent not to be killed, why kill? Deterring crime is actually a good thing. Also, I'm pretty sure that no one actually feels that way when facing death. A desire to accelerate slow and painful deaths notwithstanding, of course.

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    You know Im all about changing the drug laws, but having more room isnt the solution. Those folks on death row are usually there for a reason. Let em live in Genpop on a life sentence...there is no reason for them not to harm others.
    So, keep them cordoned off. Or even better yet, rather than simply keeping prisoners locked away, try to reform them. Restorative justice works. A lot of those death row inmates were in jail before they killed someone. If they had been properly educated and treated (as many have psychological disorders, were victims of abuse, or have mental disabilities) they could have become productive members of society rather than murderers. But you're right that more dangerous prisoners should not be mixed in with those that are not, for the safety of all.
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    What a milestone. I wonder if they had a cake. Or gave the lucky inmate a festive hat.

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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Using the death penalty is hardly showing "callousness and indifference". It is stopping known presumed very violent criminals from ever possibly doing it again and is done to protect society for revenge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    Fixed for accuracy. Unless you're ignoring the actual evidence and arguing that the death penalty is a deterrent, how is an executed prisoner safer than an incarcerated one?
    That is not fixing it, that is breaking it.
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    Re: Texas carries out its 500th execution since 1982

    Quote Originally Posted by greyhat View Post
    How can capital punishment be punishment if by virtue of the execution the person cannot absorb the punishment because they die? Doesn't make sense to punish someone by killing them; this may provide comfort to the families of those whose loved ones were harmed but that's vengeance- not punishment.
    Think of it as absolute denial of parole. I don't feel the need to punish a murderer at the state's expense. They are the throw away fringe of society, throw them away.

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