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Futile Penal Systems and the Deaf Penalty February 19, 2009

Posted by Sanity in death penalty, law.
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I’ve had the flu, but the primary source of my sickness is not medical.  I’ve avoided posting because of the political-flu. Political-flew?  That’s probably more accurate, because sanity has “flew the coop” in D.C.  They are marching to a drum played with salad forks or something and I don’t have to stomach to write about it right now.  BUT while driving to work the other day, I heard an angel on the radio.  His name is Jeff Bolton.  I don’t normally listen to the radio much, but I did that morning and tuned in to the middle of him talking about New Hampshire and 9 other states working on passing legislation to fight to regain State’s Rights to mitigate the damage the Feds continue to do.  But, this article isn’t about that (for now).

On the second day of Bolton, an angel said to me lala la lala la lalalalala la laaaaa 🙂  Today Bolton was talking about the death penalty.  His “gladiator” solution is not something that would be proposed by Sheriff Joe (Or maybe it is, but one day I will read all I can and pay honor to him).

For some time I have been curious about “rehabilitation” that works and doesn’t.  At times I was conflicted about the death penalty.  Not anymore.  It is not a deed I could do myself unless someone had harmed someone I love, so maybe letting death row inmates kill each other has merit.  Maybe the best therapy would be to allow the “survivor” to fight enough battles they “lose the taste for blood”.  If they truly appear not able to deal the death blow, then maybe they aren’t guilty.

Mr Bolton refers to the absurdness of how many years inmates are on death row.  There DOES need to be absolute proof before someone is put to death.  Having a ‘history’ or ‘looking guilty’ isn’t enough.  If they are guilty of something, but not the murder they are charged with, then someone else gets away with murder.  But the advocates talk about ALL death row inmates as if there is doubt in every case.  Come on!  We aren’t talking about people who were framed.  When there are credible witnesses, video footage, and an unrepentant confession… get it over with.  Don’t waste our money proving the same thing over and over.  No bargaining for untrustworthy information about other crimes.  End it quickly so resources are free to help the “cases with doubt” in them still.

There is lack of proof ANY hard criminal is ever rehabilitated.  I would welcome hearing what has worked if that has ever happened. (Would shock therapy be “torture”?) So if a reliable deterant was provided, like say ‘death’ with no scapegoats or years of waiting to slip through the cracks, maybe the culture that teaches criminals more bad behavior could be turned around.

The other part of the problem is the judicial side, i.e. proper sentencing without plea bargaining.  I will attempt to find data to back it up, but I believe plea bargaining is a huge part of the problem and does NOT save as much court time as most would claim.  If you limit the amount of time lawyers can waste with exhausting every extreme possibility in search of a technicality… Anyway, my next point deserves its own post.