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DT:and so it begins

why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?

Posted on 2008.06.05 at 07:37

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Jess
aphephobia at 2008-05-06 12:16 (UTC) ()
I really don't get the logic behind capital punishment, and I have HUGE issues with it, particularly when you think about how loud money talks in the US legal system. (Have you ever seen Oz? OMFG... Episode four, S1, Capital P... amazing stuff.)

Looking down the list... am totally unsurprised by Norway. :) Norway's attitude towards the criminal justice system and how to deal with offenders is fucking amazing.

But... fuck. It really gets me. When I was a little kid, I remember seeing a thing on it and the whole cruel-and-unusual thing-- it was something about a guy being gassed and they actually showed footage of him dying and how long it took, and just watching it-- and the people watching him-- really got to me.

All that said, though-- if someone hurt one of my kids or my friends, you betcha I'd have the desire to go after them. People like Ellie Nessler? I can understand that reaction. But... that doesn't make it right in the legal sense. But vigilante justice is just that-- it's outside the law. The law is meant to be better and more dispassionate than people who do that.

Not to mention what I think it does to the people surrounding it. I think working in palliative care would SUCK. The thought of working in a prison and knowing that healthy, young human beings were being looked after so they can be killed really, really would bother me... and I keep thinking... I'm fairly detached regarding what I do. If that would bother me-- what the hell would it do to your average worker?

Fuck, it just makes me sad.
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primroseburrows at 2008-05-06 15:34 (UTC) ()
Norway's attitude towards the criminal justice system and how to deal with offenders is fucking amazing.

Norway's attitude towards pretty much everything is fucking amazing. They have the eighth lowest infant mortality rate, for one thing (Australia is #20 and the US is #40). Their healthcare system seems to work well. And they have Gjetost, the most badass cheese ever. Mmmm...

The thought of working in a prison and knowing that healthy, young human beings were being looked after so they can be killed really, really would bother me.

It bothers the condemned, too--a lot of them want to die. Not because they feel remorse and want to atone with their death, but because the torture of knowing they're condemned is too damn much for them.
Jess
aphephobia at 2008-05-06 21:10 (UTC) ()
Yep... and personally, I find that heartbreaking.

Suicide is not encouraged, yet... this is? What kills me (no pun intended) is that they wait until these people are healthy before killing them... yet... what about their mental health? Someone who has been on death row for some time is not going to be mentally healthy. *sighs*
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