As a deterent it is second to none but I am still absolutely against it.
alhucoll writes above "If evidence is 100% indisputable, then yes" but if we look back there are numerous examples of people who the courts believed we're absolutely (100%) guilty who were executed and later found NG on review.
Without it though we need a robust judiciary and prison system which can cope with the numbers for long periods of time. Those who murder should go to prison for life and life should mean life without parole. The reality is we're too soft and we don't have enough space or money under the current arrangements.
SF - I'll clarify "indisputable" : DNA evidence, being flilmed/cctv evidence, forensics et all have come a long way now and are undoubtebly more reliable than that of the 90's, 80's, 70's etc.
Sure there may well be serving or ex-police in the membership who could comment a lot better than myself - is it possible for 100% indisputable evidence these days?
I would be against the DEATH PENALTY if a LIFE sentence really was life and the prisoners either worked to earn their keep or starved. Otherwise, if I have to pay for their board and lodging, hang them. :farao: :farao:
So we send someone to prison for life for murder, instead of hanging him/her because there may be a "shadow of doubt" later? Quite right I suppose, but how long do we go before that shadow of doubt is past it's sell by date? 10,20,30 years? Could you not say that after 30 years this guy is definately not going to get a reveiw so hang the barsteward? Just a thought, it would free up some spaces though eh? And create a new position within the Prison Service......qualifications needed..how to pull a lever...I can do that..giv us a job!!! :w00t:
After 15 years in the Prison Service, I am against the death penalty, except for treason.
Although, I am totally for Corporal punishment. Not many went back for a second dose I'll tell you, or ever wanted to repeat the offence that gave them that particular punishment.
Did it used to deter certain crimes when it was still viable? I'll answer that for you. No, it didn't. There were still fiddlers, nonces, murderers and rapists back then. And given the propensity for most Islamic terrorists to seek their spiritual nirvana, I'd say getting caught and slotted by the stste you hate is just the ticket.