Sunday, 4 October 2009
09:20:15 PM (GMT)
Honestly, what's the point? Doesn't that defeat the purpus of the jailing system? I
thought we imprisoned criminals to turn them into honest men, not hide them from
society at societies expense. Think of the innocent, shoved out of view until the day
they die. Think of the guilty, who leave trial with less then a life sentence. Just
You needn't agree with me, but I don't think we have the right to imprision someone
Then there's the fact that some truly evil people who get life sentence get out later
on parole. Surely this prooves that the system is unfair? Those who inforce it had to
give themselves a moral loop hole, a way to say "But surely, if they are actually
good they will get out without us,".
Then there are death row inmates. America, which so prizes our "unalienable rights to
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" denies all three to men and woman who
are declared guilty of heinous crimes. But with DNA evidence we keep going back to
see that we'd killed the wrong person. Innocent until proven guilty doesn't cut it,
not if you're innocent afterwards. Yet dead is dead, so what can we do?
We like to act as if DNA evidence is the solution, but it still proves the innocent
worthy of death. A man was once put to death for infanticied, accused of lighting a
fire which killed his three young daughters. He was merely arrested for questioning,
there was no proof the fire was on purpose, but it somehow led him to be in court.
When he and his lawyer tried to defend his case the judge said he had already gotten
more then a fair shot for a baby killer. The man was later put to death, because his
skin samples were found inside his own home.
Some people say that some criminals deserve killing. Maybe they're right, who am I to
judge? The way I see it, though, is that if you go in with the intent of killing and
imprisoning for life those who commit heinous crimes, some good people will be
punished too. It's worth some not getting the punishment they deserve to save the
wrongly convicted such a fate, I beleive.