Those of you who are parents and grandparents, ask yourselves, if my child or grandchild were on death row, how would I honestly feel? I can say that I would not want for a child of mine to be executed.
..but on the flip side - if it were my little baby girl at 4 years old that was picked up, brutally raped repeatedly and then laid in the ground alive while someone buried her.....I know I'd crave the death penalty. As much as the offenders family want them to live - the victims and their families wanted their loved ones to live also. I'm not even certain that I could bear living with the guilt and shame that my child had committed such a heinous crime, ripping out the heart of another family and crushing their dreams, their lives and I know I would question wether I had the right to be so selfish in demanding my own child live while theirs lay in the ground. If it were a crime of passion as some crimes are, not premeditated, I would defintely think differently but in crimes where people are stalked, kidnapped, tortured and murdered for me, its a whole other ball game. I myself would much prefer that any person convicted of a violent crime resulting in death (excluding self defense/accidental/manslaughter) be given a hearing at which the victims families decide the punishment ie the death penalty or life sentencing. Then there should be a cooling off period of about 2 years at which point the familiy would reconvene and make their final decision. During those 2 years, it would allow for any communication between the offender or the offenders family to occur and that may change the initial decision, but in the end, I believe it should be the victims family that decides.
Agreed some prisons are worse than others, but in comparison, there are many that do provide dental and medical care - more than some people who have never commited a crime will recieve from the State. There ae some prisons where an inmate can get a college degree, as well as rehabilitation if needed. Inmates receive specialist care in some states - cardiac care etc.
I also think that there should be strict consistent rules about the conditions and guidelines for inmates and those responsible for those standards should be held accountable on penalty of incarceration themselves. There are too many people held in jail and abused by guards out of control and everybody looks the other way - far too many I think. I also think that throwing a drug addict or drunk in with someone who blew someones brains out in a gang fight, is not the way to go - use the old prisons they close down and that are empty and put these people in forced rehab and behaviour modification, give those people a chance to sit in a classroom and you have a better chance of productive human being entering the population again. It could go and on .......sammieswife.