Old Coot Opinion: Death Penalty

Wrote this awhile back at a message board discussing a scum bag found guilty of kidnapping and murdering a young girl. There was no doubt regarding the guy being guilty. Placing my comment left there here:

Sitting on his butt lazing around for at least 20 or more years before the system even considers sending him to the same fate all of us face eventually. Where’s the punishment? Make the scum suffer!!! HARD LABOR. 10-12 hours daily. No entertainment. Boring basic food lacking appeal but adequate to sustain life. Nothing to look forward to except another day of drudgery. Endlessly until natural death takes the filth away. Have a dedicated TV channel that shows the many HARD LABOR scum living their lives of drudgery. Make their punishment visible to all to act as a warning to others.

Consider this… if death is such a horrid punishment and that it must be avoided at all costs then… well… good luck finding volunteers for the military.

Death as a punishment is overrated. Society sends troops to their death. Dead is dead. Expecting it to act as a deterrent is stupid. If it IS a deterrent then why is murder so common?

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