Perhaps not. I guess my first response is trying to understand. Having compassion. Looks like I'm alone in that. Let's just lock them all up and throw away the key - understanding why people do what they do, and trying to prevent it from happening again, is obviously totally wrong and not worth any time or commitment. No, we'll just keep doing what we're doing. It's working so well.
So many here seem to focus on the perpetrator. That person did not live his/her life in a vacuum. They are loved by someone. There may be children, mothers and so on. How many people here would like to go watch the execution of a loved one?
To me, executions prove just how far we have not come as a society. It isn't much different than the Dark Ages and the Old West where executions were fun times. That type of punishment didn't work back then nor does it work now. We don't have more crime now, we simply have more people. We have more laws against certain behaviors as well. Child abuse and spousal abuse are only recently considered to be crimes.
There have to be alternative answers. I don't have them. Imagine having your son/father/daughter/mother locked away for 5 years, then watching their execution. THEN a couple of years later have it proven they did not commit the crime. Who do you turn to then? Who do you blame? Will it make any difference now that the innocent person is dead? Nope.
The eye for an eye thing is amazing. So many people claim to live by philosophies such as "Thou shall not kill" (I never noticed any "excepts" in that one but I may have been busy passing notes in Sunday school). Yet they approach the death of another human with such pleasure, almost bloodlust.
If I am ever unjustly accused and convicted ... it could happen, I fit most the demographic: working poor, cannot afford capable legal counsel, don't know enough about the law and have no friends in high places. I would want the chance to appeal my case to every court possible.
The rich kid at the Ivy League school gets away with rape because he has such a bright future and a great lawyer. The street kid gets years for robbery. The big shot investment banker beats his wife and children for years and gets away with it because he knows people who know people. The socialite is a habitual drug user (buyer) and never does a bit of time. The poor woman hooked on drugs and selling herself on the corner does time for solicitation. More crimes happen than we will ever know because they are hidden and covered up.
The crimes we hear about are only the most sensational and spun for the most media impact.
Justice and revenge are two different things. If people are truly concerned about justice we need to overhaul the system aso ALL people who commit the same crime do the same time.
Sorry, off the topic a bit there. A man who rapes and kills should never be allowed in society again. A well-to-do man who raped his child for years? We never hear about him but his crime is just as ghastly.
The death penalty as we have it now is not justice at all, IMO of course.
I'm not at all sure I said this well. Just know you are not alone here