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To: OneWingedShark
The longer answer is that if there is no way the person can “pay their debt to society” then the only humane thing to do is execute them, as to do otherwise is to degrade their humanity either by locking them in a cage for [most of] their life OR make them second-class citizens whose freedoms are utterly at the whim of the government.

Great, that goofy nonsense that some people dream up in their heads, when the drugs wear off try again.

32 posted on 03/02/2012 11:58:27 AM PST by ansel12 (Newt Gingrich knows how to deconstruct Obama in a head to head race, and that is what it will take.)
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To: ansel12

>Great, that goofy nonsense that some people dream up in their heads, when the drugs wear off try again.

What are you talking about?
If one cannot “pay one’s debt to society” by serving their sentence, and required to submit their rights to the government’s approval, how is that different from forcing them into a second-class of citizenship? (And how can such be considered just?)

And “life in prison” is utterly dehumanizing (read humiliating, stripping them of dignity) because it forces people to spend their life, or a significant portion thereof, in a cage.

I’m of the opinion that it would be more just to have no term of imprisonment greater than 10 years. (If the average lifespan is 80-years that’s an eighth of their life.)
In the stead of lengthy sentences we should have capital- (for rapists, murderers, etc) and corporal- (for the non-violent) punishments.


34 posted on 03/02/2012 2:15:16 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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