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Get Rid of the Death Penalty, Get Rid of Plea Bargains

rmturn Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 1:40 AM
A man sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole, is a free man, in that there is nothing he can do in his life to make it worse. He could kill inmates, prison guards, etc., and what extra punishment could you give him? None. A man like that is a danger to the prison guards, who guard him, because he has nothing to lose. That, and the interesting angle brought up Mark Klass and Debra Saunders are why the death penalty works, even when it doesn't execute people.
Curtis108 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 7:10 AM
By extension then, so is a person on death row....
Snarkasterous1 Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 8:17 AM
Yes, true. However, in a properly -functioning system, that animal is not held in the "nothing to lose condition" for decades, but, rather, months.

Thus, the problem is reduced on the order of 90+% by actually carrying out executions when appropriate, and in a timely fashion.

- Snark
Jay Wye Wrote: Sep 23, 2012 10:37 AM
well,realistically,held for a couple of years. that's time enough for appeals or new evidence to be dealt with.

Recently, editorial page editor John Diaz asked Mark Klaas whether he expects to feel closure if California executes Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped, toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.
From the early days after Davis snatched Polly from a Petaluma slumber party, Klaas has been a highly visible advocate for strong laws to protect the public, especially children, from career criminals and predators like Davis. He had come to the San Francisco Chronicle with other opponents of Proposition 34, the...