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23rd-Feb-2011 09:31 am
Bakemonogatari / Hitagi / Dangerous
Should people who are sentenced to life in prison be allowed the death penalty as an option, and why?


Interesting question, really... At first I immediately thought yes, as I would obviously grab the chance myself. But then another thought crossed my mind - why should they be allowed to just choose their own sentence? I'd understand appealing and asking the sentence to be lowered to death penalty, but that should be the decision of a court, not their own choice.

(Ah, first time for me to answer one of these, but the question was really interesting enough to make me do this.)
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23rd-Feb-2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Well some say that prisoners on death row should be allowed to choose when to end their own life because by sentencing them to life in prison, that is a death sentence. Only if they choose to end their life earlier then it would ease some of the burden that these states take on by feeding, and sheltering these prisoners in an already over burdened, and under funded prison system rife with corruption and gang violence.
23rd-Feb-2011 09:13 am (UTC)
It actually costs quite a bit of money to put a prisoner to death. But alot of that is because of mandatory appeals and such...so I suppose if a prisoner is CHOOSING capital punishment, then those appeals wouldn't be necessary.

Still, the prisoner lost his/her privilege to make choices when he/she committed the crime. They need to endure the punishment set before them.
24th-Feb-2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Well why should they lose that choice? It's their life and our money. To me that seems like a win-win.
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