This is a topical and somewhat controversial subject involving euthenasia . While primarily the subject concerns end of life choices for those suffering or with a terminal illness this approaches criminals facing a life-time in gaol . Personally I view life imprisonment as a form of torture , a slow death . Prisoners sometimes subjected to isolation and vulnerable to attacks by other prisoners plus sadistic treatment by some ' screws ' makes sense to end it all in one clean act . This is a prisoner asking to be executed not an outsider calling for blood . It doesn't need to be a stage performance as with Saddam Hussein but a civilised act where the prisoner , by choice , is given a knock out drop , Nembutal is the most efficient and painless method I understand . Anyway , for what it's worth , food for thought . "6. Prisoner backs 'euthanasia for lifers' calls Jul 7 2007 by Robin Turner, Western Mail icWales(UK) A PRISONER serving life in a Welsh jail has called for the Government to consider allowing voluntary euthanasia for inmates serving long sentences. The demand from the Swansea Jail prisoner comes a month after 300 Italian inmates signed a letter to the countryâ€™s president Giorgio Napolitano urging him to bring back the death penalty. The letter was from a member of the Sicilian Mafia, 52-year-old Carmelo Musumeci, in prison for 17 years, who said he is tired of â€œdying a little bit every dayâ€. â€œWe want to die just once,â€ he said, â€œand we are asking for our life sentence to be changed to a death sentence.â€ Now, a prisoner in Swansea Jail signing himself Allien Dewi- David has written to the prisonersâ€™ newspaper Inside Time asking for a law change to allow certain prisoners to be killed. The letter reads,â€œI was listening on the radio to the story in Italy whereby 300 lifers had sent a petition to the Italian government seeking the introduction of the death penalty for certain lifer inmates. â€œAs a long-serving lifer, this got me thinking about the UK and one of the arguments consistently put forward against the reintroduction of the death penalty is what if an innocent person is put to death? â€œHowever if we introduced what would amount to voluntary euthanasia for lifers, this would nullify that argument. â€œObviously there would need to be extensive psychiatric tests for anyone considering this option, but in principle I believe itâ€™s one worth examining. â€œAs for public approval â€“ no problem there, which would in turn lead to political approval.â€ Editor of Inside Time John Roberts said it is the first time voluntary euthanasia for prisoners had been broached in the publication. He said, â€œWhile we have not discussed the issue before, suicide and how to deal with very long sentences is obviously a big topic inside. â€œMany prisoners who are not likely to get out have decided to end it themselves, the best known examples in recent times being Harold Shipman and Fred West.â€ But Frances Crook, director of the Howard League for Penal Reform, is horrified at the idea. She said, â€œWe would never endorse euthanasia for lifers. The very fact Mr David would suggest such a move shows the desperation that life imprisonment can cause. â€œLocking people up indefinitely, with little or no hope of release, is cruel and inhumane. The prison system should be about working with inmates so that they can return to society without fear of re-offending. In truth, it is only a very few who are so dangerous that they can never be freed. â€œPrisoners do take their own lives frequently and so far this year we have 47 confirmed self-inflicted deaths in custody. The focus must be on preventing suicides and giving lifers the hope that one day they can return to their communities as reformed citizens.â€ It is estimated that only about 30 life-sentenced prisoners will actually serve a â€œwhole lifeâ€ tariff, with Ian Huntley and Rose West thought to be among them. Erwin James, now a columnist with the Guardian after his release from a life term for murder, said, â€œHopelessness abounds among the lifer population. Many fail to get to the end, some commit suicide, some die of natural causes. â€œDoing life can seem like a hopeless existence, an endless journey to nowhere.â€ " I hope there is sufficient reference points to satisfy the pedantic plagiarism police .