Executing someone isn't punishment? Then we should legalize murder. "Killing someone isn't punishment" is not a slogan you should hang onto.
For myself, the only reason I have to question the death penalty is flaws in the criminal justice system.
Someone having life sentence without parole punishes everyone. Everyone has less money for their children, themselves. Everyone is taxed to keep that person alive, which means everyone is working and spending part of their life on behalf of the rapists.
Would you donate $100 to a rapist? $500? $1000? That is what life without parole is.
In my personal opinion, I don't think "rape" or "murder" should be the standard. I think it should be sadism - sadistic, torturous violence as that is a person so fundamentally anti-social and amoral, so mentally and dangerously disturbed, they are no different than a rabid animal. Spending $1 million plus on such a person for housing etc it absurd and wrong in my opinion.
I don't want my government having the power of life and death over me, and I trust them more than I trust yours. I believe more in cock-up than conspiracy, but the chance of either is enough to deny the death penalty.
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-It prevents the person from every harming anyone again.
Yes, it does that. I bet amputating both arms would do that, too. Then you could throw them back to sink or swim.
Pretty much what I said.It is not preventative in relation to others. Criminals at that level do not consider consequences.
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I'm thinking of a case where a Swiss weatherman was a playboy like Clinton, and his ex-girlfriend tried to and did destroy his life and reputation. He wasn't convicted of the charges brought against him, but he's been ruined and the press piled on big time... whereas Clinton was celebrated... by the same folks I might add.
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Also, feminist rape hysteria plays a role. Women have also been taught by feminism that rape is the worst crime against women, that women must be suspicious of men at all times, every man is a potential rapist, etc. The crime of rape is built up in their minds into a constant threat and one which will almost certainly send them running to a psychologist to try to reconstruct their shattered psyches.
Whether a woman's "life is over" after a rape or not comes down to her premorbid proneness to neuroticism and PTSD. Most women survive being raped without it destroying their entire lives or even coming remotely close to it.
I would mete out a flogging and a fine for the first offense.While I'm sure its traumatic, rape is a form of assault. It might be reasonable to make paying restitution or a good public beating/shaming a much larger part of the punishment, but those are about the only amendment I'm willing to make to our current laws.
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