posted on Aug, 13 2005 @ 10:52 AM
I'm not sure that would work.
Child sex offenders don't (generally) have the same motivation and pathology of most capital murderers....you can't really deter someone from doing
something that they believe is an inherent part of themselves, a compulsion, a feeling that they're unable to control. Punishment becomes secondary
to that compulsion.
If this train of thought is being likened to a disease process, we'd probably do better by trying to stop it from happening in the first
place, rather than treating the "symptom" after the "disease" is already consuming the person.
I do agree though, that one of the biggest problems with the death penalty (at least in the US) is that it's not applied fairly. Too often we see
two crimes of the same nature resulting in two entirely different sentences.