I like it. Call me old school, but there’s some people who can’t be fixed and so they need to go away. In the name of protecting society. Unfortunately, for many states that actually *have* the death penalty there are too many legislative hurdles to be cleared whilst on the road to carrying out the sentance.
“Thirty-five states still retain the death penalty, but fewer and fewer executions are taking place every year,” said Richard Dieter, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center. “But the overall death row population has remained relatively steady. At a time of budget shortfalls nationwide, the death penalty is turning into an expensive form of life without parole.”
Yup, housing is expensive. Not to mention three hots and a cot, PLUS their constitutionally guaranteed rights to cable TV and a weight room. Many of these guys are living better in prison than they do on the outside.
Now, some will read the article and hinge on this statement: A privately conducted poll of 500 police chiefs released with the report found the death penalty ranked last among their priorities for reducing violent crime. Only 1 percent found it to the best way to achieve that goal. Adding police officers ranked first.
People will say, “SEE?!?! Even the Sheriff’s don’t like the death penalty!!” Of course they don’t rank it highly. They like things that WORK. An empty threat is useless. Right now, someone gets convicted and sentanced to death, they’re probably going to live for 10-15 more years as they work through the exhaustive appeals process.
I’m all about efficiency. Give ’em one or two appeals just to make sure, in case there were errors in the trial. But obviously guilty? Like “found with the murder weapon in your hand and covered in blood” obvious? See ya. Thanks for playing. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I do want to pay due diligence to the trial process. But let’s be honest, there are some folks that are just open and shut cases. The guy who kills his wife and children and runs to Haiti? Why isn’t he dead already?
I’m not talking about walking from the courtroom to the death chamber, but some folks are simply abusing the habeus corpus process in the name of obfuscating justice for the family members of victims and extending their already overdue time on the system’s payroll.
But maybe I’m old and cranky.