View Poll Results: Should executions be public or remain private?

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  • Public: Raises awareness and helps deter criminals

    7 4.07%
  • Private: It's better behind walls, as it is.

    8 4.65%
  • End all executions.

    156 90.70%
  • I care neither way.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Use reasons and not examples. They convince instead of persuading with populism.
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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Just curious where people stand on this issue. Not meant to be a big stinker thread.
    If you support capital punishment because you believe it is a deterrent, then you must support public executions because to hide them is no deterrent at all.

    The reason, however, that executions aren't public is because the public outcry related to botched executions would be so great that capital punishment would cease in some if not all states.

    No society should be afraid of total transparency of government policy that society supports and promotes.
    "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley Jr.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Some countries in the world that do public executions:

    Saudi Arabia
    North Korea
    Iran

    Those immediately spring to mind... Rather not join that company.
    China executes in private - are you more comfortable with that company?
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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    If you support capital punishment because you believe it is a deterrent, then you must support public executions because to hide them is no deterrent at all.

    The reason, however, that executions aren't public is because the public outcry related to botched executions would be so great that capital punishment would cease in some if not all states.

    No society should be afraid of total transparency of government policy that society supports and promotes.
    First, there are other reasons to support the deach penalty As the ultimate sanction.
    Second, I'm afraid you grossly underestimate the bloodlust of Large party of the public.
    Third, if you are consistent then I guess you feel there should be public tours of prisons to let the public see the inmates?

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    I'm against the death penalty, but if it does happen, I'd say executions should be viewable to the general public. The media and all glorify everything. If people actually saw the individual's lifeless body in the execution chamber, support for the death penalty would shrink big time.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

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    While I'm generally against a death penalty, if it must be done, then I'd suggest execution in private, by guillotine. Painless. 100% assurance of death, the first time.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Paxaeon View Post
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    While I'm generally against a death penalty, if it must be done, then I'd suggest execution in private, by guillotine. Painless. 100% assurance of death, the first time.
    They'll never use the guillotine. That's too quick. Don't you know that they want the prisoner to suffer first.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Paxaeon View Post
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    While I'm generally against a death penalty, if it must be done, then I'd suggest execution in private, by guillotine. Painless. 100% assurance of death, the first time.
    A professionally carrried out handig Will also provide for that. But you are Right that the guillotine is also a good tool for a professional and swift execution.

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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Fleming View Post
    First, there are other reasons to support the deach penalty As the ultimate sanction.
    Second, I'm afraid you grossly underestimate the bloodlust of Large party of the public.
    Third, if you are consistent then I guess you feel there should be public tours of prisons to let the public see the inmates?
    Perhaps there is a level of bloodlust within society - as such, their policy preference transparently being carried out, should not be a problem. I'd wager that this may be true when executions work well. I'd wager it's not true when executions are botched and it takes hours for someone to expire, often under quite evident, torturous pain.

    As for "public tours of prisons", I see nothing wrong with televising what happens in a prison and what prison life is like. Aren't we already doing that? To be clear, I never said that executions should be open to the public - only that they should be public. Televising them in real time is a suitable approach in my view. We televise the trial, verdict, and sentencing - why not televise the enforcement of that sentence?
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    Re: Execution of criminals: Public or hidden

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Hai Sensei!
    Now that we have gotten that out of the way....

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