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Re: “Are Capital Punishment's Financial Costs Worth It?

Charles Mintz’ article on the exorbitant costs of the death penalty in CA raises many points worthy of consideration. One point, however, that deserves more forceful clarification is that the death penalty is not always the most harsh punishment available. In fact, it is something of a kindness to end the life of someone is filled with remorse for a murder he or she has committed. Many people welcome death, as evidenced not only by the number of people kill themselves, but by the greater number who do so in jail or prison.

This appears to be the case with Luis Hernandez, who reportedly killed his estranged girlfriend in broad daylight. In terms of inflicting punishment, 40 years in prison is likely to involve more suffering than an early and painless death, provided at the tax-payers’ expense.

The death penalty is not a deterrent to people who are obsessed with passion, guilt, hatred, extreme racism, jealousy, or remorse, yet these are very people to whom the death penalty is most commonly assigned. Are humans capable of logic when it comes to crime and punishment? Apparently not, but it's good to see some people try.

Posted by Barton on 08/19/2010 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Are Capital Punishment's Financial Costs Worth It?

Charles Mintz’ article on the exorbitant costs of the death penalty in CA raises many points worthy of consideration. One point, however, that deserves more forceful clarification is that the death penalty is not always the most harsh punishment available. In fact, it is something of a kindness to end the life of someone is filled with remorse for a murder he or she has committed. Many people welcome death, as evidenced not only by the number of people kill themselves, but by the greater number who do so in jail or prison.

This appears to be the case with Luis Hernandez, who reportedly killed his estranged girlfriend in broad daylight. In terms of inflicting punishment, 40 years in prison is likely to involve more suffering than an early and painless death, provided at the tax-payers’ expense.

The death penalty is not a deterrent to people who are obsessed with passion, guilt, hatred, racism, homophobia, jealousy, or remorse, yet these are very people to whom the death penalty is most commonly assigned. Are humans capable of logic when it comes to crime and punishment? Apparently not.

Posted by Barton on 08/19/2010 at 11:00 AM

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