Originally Posted by ckblv
Made me sick to my stomach, how about you?
Yeah, especially the 12 minutes time passing before they could find a good vein.
I have been trying to figure out whether or not I support the death penalty since all of this has been in the news. Up until recently I was all for it. But some things really got me to thinking....
If a person is sentenced to death row and they face execution, are they still being punished? To clarify, being put to death seems like they have cheated and are now released from their punishment. Almost like an "easy way out" sort of deal.
When the person is executed it causes suffering for everyone else around. The inmate's family hurts, and I would think that it even brings on additional suffering to the victim's families because feelings from the past are resurfaced in having the deal with it again.
I am not really affected by the fact that some people say it is unhumane and not up to the government to decide they should kill someone. If a person is on death row they acted in an inhumane way and brought harm against another person, I feel like that cancels out how unjust it may be to execute someone.
A small part of my being unsure is brought on by the chance the person could be innocent. I know that in many cases new evidence is brought forward and the death sentence can be overturned. It seems that the people on death row have been sitting there for years. Years ago we didn't have the knowledge and expertise we do now collecting and processing evidence, so it seems more mistakes could have been made in the past.
Another thought for me though in regards to life in prison... Is it really a life long punishment? Years after the initial sentence there has to be a point where they just accept that their life is what it is. They have to become used to being in prison and I would think they eventually come to the point where they can block memories of life on the outside and no longer miss the things they once had. Prison is what they come to know... 3 meals a day, bed by a certain time, church on Sunday, friends (they make them in prison too). Whn it gets to that point, is it really punishment?
There are some criminals that I feel should be tortured until the day they die... Jon Couey for example, the man who killed 9 year old Jessica Lunsford here in Florida. I think he deserves to feel the pain he caused this young girl every day of his life.