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Were that true, you'd have used examples of death row poster kids who actually had been executed. As you know, neither Manson nor Berdella received it, but they were emotive names to throw into the hat.Actually, it isn't, because the application of the death penalty is reserved for homicides with special circumstances. Thus, the death penalty is actually being applied TOWARD THE POSTER CHILDREN. As it should be.
I'm pretty sure that CBA is not the method the Justice Department (or indeed any judiciary) has used to decide on penal policy. Nor should it be.Once they've killed multiple people in heinous ways? Absolutely. It's cost/benefit decision. The potential costs/risks of keeping them alive far outweigh the intangible benefits of doing so.
Again, I'm sorry you wish to misrepresent my position as squeamishness. Let's stick to the arguments and not impugn the other's motives.Again, I'm sorry you're squeamish. You're allowed to be squeamish because other rough men are responsible for protecting you from these killers.
I believe that what used to be called psychopathy is now seen as a subset of ASPD, another of which is sociopathy. You originally referred to ASPD sufferers as 'psychotics'. ASPD is not a psychosis, I believe.ASPD is the proper term these days for what used to be called psychopathy.
I'm not quite getting your argument here, but that might be because it's quite late here already and I've been at the computer for the past 7 hours. I'll reread the previous para and respond.Blacks commit most of their violence against other blacks. Ending up on death row has more to do with the race of their victims than any other factor. Those who commit heinous crimes against other blacks are less likely to end up on death row than those who commit heinous crimes against whites. In my opinion, the problem is not solved by eliminating death row, but by ensuring that the race of the victim does not play a role in sentencing.
What defenders of the DP may or may not define as its intrinsic purpose is neither here nor there. These functions are the functions of all punishment. Some may apply to certain forms, and others to others, but it is the purview of society as a whole to decide which punishments to ascribe to which offences. You simply stating that the DP has one and only one function - that of incapacitation - is your opinion, your bias, if you like. I'm arguing that the punishments meted out need to be analysed in terms of the whole spectrum of the role of punishment.I don't believe that the death penalty should be evaluated on the basis of a standard which is clearly not a measure of its aims. The goals of the death penalty are not to reduce overall crime. Thus, it's preventative effects are irrelevant. The goal of the death penalty is to remove people who pose an ongoing threat of serious harm to other human beings. It accomplishes that goal admirably, and that's the standard that it should be held to.
The death penalty is only used in egregious cases where the offender himself is unlikely to be deterred from further harm. Expecting a penalty to have a deterrent effect in other cases is ridiculous. Criminals aren't deterred by other people's penalties. Thinking that they will be is a flaw in judgement and logic.
The death penalty isn't designed to have impact on these areas. We know what works to deter lesser offenders. But those lesser offenders are unlikely to end up on death row, regardless.
As far as the terms that you've used here, do you even understand what they mean in practice?
Incarceration. As the majority of modern democratic societies prevent their most serious offenders from reoffending.Exactly how do you propose to prevent people with zero empathy from killing other human beings because it pleases them? What prevention measures would you put into place to prevent them from killing?Forgive me, but this question is emotive. I did not say that every punishment has to fulfil every function that a punishment could fulfil. My point was that the function you ascribe to the DP is not the only function against which the DP must be gauged.Further, how would you go about using restorative justice with a family whose daughter has been hideously tortured by a psychopath? Please, elaborate your ideas.