posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 01:03 AM
reply to post by AndrewJay
I completely agree with you, our system is broken, but it's the best we have right now. Sad, but true.
On the note about keeping them in prison vs executing them, there's a lot of speculation as to whether or not it saves money to keep a person in
prison vs executing them. Something about annual food cost over a life sentence vs appeals, court, administrative, and actual execution costs.
There's a lot of unclear things to take in to consideration, but there is a good argument for both sides located here:
I am leaning however on this, we have a death row because:
1) We aren't 100% behind the death penalty, just in case for some reason we may have to face it one day.
2) We can't be 100% sure in every case that the person being executed is actually guilty of the crime demanding the sentence.
I'm strongly suspecting that #1 is the primary reason, because people (as far as I've seen) are generally selfish or narcissistic in nature. That
narcissism would possibly explain things best: we're afraid to set a rule or law to a certain point just in case we may have to face the consequences
later. For example, I would theorize that we don't all agree on a law that says "if person A kills person B they must be killed by person C, who is
excused from facing the penalty of death if person C kills person A in direct response to the action of person A killing person B." We can't have a
law like that because if we ever find ourselves in the "person A" position, we'd like to have an opportunity to defend ourselves, EVEN IF we
we'd like that law is completely fair for anyone but ourselves
To summarize a complex thought: We have death row because as self interested people, we'd like to have the opportunity to defend ourselves, or at
least delay the inevitable as long as possible because we worry that we could possibly
find ourselves in that position one day.