I sense a criminal reformation argument approaching.State sponsored murder is the easy way out. It's essentially sweeping the problem under the rug and letting it rot there, mostly because it prevents us from considering the complex web of events that lead to heinous crimes. Instead, it is more convenient to condemn the criminal, who is the last step in those series of events, as evil, and do away with him/her. That is not taking responsibility.
That isn't mutually exclusive of supporting the death penalty. I agree that we should be more observant toward the warning signs and offer help and preventative measures. That said, anyone who slips past that and is in the mental stage where they feel it's ok to murder another person, there is no reformation, not that they even deserve it.If a criminal gets to the point of killing mercilessly, then it shows that not enough attention was paid to the warning signs when that person was growing up. Society has failed these people because their mental disturbance was not taken seriously enough early on.
This is reminding me of A Clockwork Orange. "I was cured all right"
That's assuming it's societies responsibility to prevent people form murdering. It isn't in my opinion, it's something society should be interested in, it's something society should help, but not it's responsibility.In my view, society SHOULD bear the burden for as long as the person remains alive, because it failed to take notice when it would have counted.
And that speaks volumes of thier character. They have proven that they have no concern about other people's lives, they have proven that they view society as something to be exploited for personal gain, and don't see why we should offer them a chance to do it a second time and ruin another life. They'll do and say anything to get out including pleaing that they are changed, but there is no reason to believe them.I'm not claiming that intervention can save every person, but if you watch interviews with criminals on death row or read some of the books they publish, a lot of them are super intelligent people. Some are geniuses that have channeled their genius into crime and slaughter.