Death Penalty -vs- Life In Prison

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  1. Bess Barber

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    If you had committed a crime which would warrant a choice of the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole, which one would you choose?

    I would prefer the death penalty. I absolutely could not endure a 'prison' life. No privacy, all the noise, the other inmates. It would be a living hell for me. I would rather be dead. Just get it over with.
     
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    I believe I have read that death row inmates are not in general population. I might be OK with that since I am a loner by nature and can entertain myself if I have books. Neither choice holds much attraction, though. :D
     
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    Definitely death!! I couldn't bear to be locked up. never to feel the grass under your feet, to never touch a tree, to never sit by the seashore.. to never drive a car, never even get on a bus or train, never to go into a shop , never to stroke a dog, never to visit the countryside and open fields, never to turn your own light off at night, never to choose when to have your own meals , never to make your own choices, ...nope I'd choose them to pull that switch without a shadow of any doubt!!
     
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    69629544_2823019147712825_9157353566266982400_n.jpg I think I'd rather be dead instead of waiting around.
     
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    Did you know if you are on death row, they give you a full physical to make sure you are healthy enough to die? :confused:
     
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    Let’s see now.
    I’ll take a 3 lb Porterhouse, a loaded baked potato, Brussels sprouts w/ sauce Bernaise, Cherries Jubilee for dessert and a bottle of Chateau Margaux. The ‘34 would be nice but the 2000 will do.
    Yeah, skip the salad, not enough room for it.

    Nuff said?
     
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    Lucky for me, I don't see me ever having to make that choice. Probably death and not twenty plus years down the road
    My contribution to society by not having to house, feed, care for medical needs or my rehabilitation concerns that I will never use.Society should not have to pay for my :)upkeep for long.
     
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    @Bobby Cole I think it would be difficult to enjoy a last meal under the circumstances regardless of what it was. However, your choice was excellent!
     
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    Not only do I prefer the D.P, but the cost to the taxpayers for life imprisonment is unwarranted.

    $60K year, just to keep a murderer in good health?

    Hal
     
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    When life is seven-tine years years in Britain and becoming religious ensures you spend your latter time wandering out in public, it's a no brainer
     
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    Some people have earned college degrees while on death row. They are guaranteed a place to stay, food, and, particularly if they have some support from people on the outside, they are well supplied with most everything they need. Being stupid and on death row could be a real problem, I think, but an intelligent person can find plenty to occupy his time with. However, once you get off of death row, looking at life in prison, you've got to worry about the politics of surviving amongst the rest of the prison population. That would be the problem, I think. In some states, there is always the possibility of getting out, I think, even when sentenced otherwise. While Maine has no death penalty, sentences are what they are, since there is no parole. Someone sentenced to twenty-five years will serve twenty-five years, and life means your entire life. The possibility of getting out would help to control a segment of the population, I think. Otherwise, if someone is serving life in a state that doesn't have the death penalty, what can you hold over them other than solitary confinement?
     
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  12. Beth Gallagher

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    How about those mass murderers that are sentenced to "3 consecutive life sentences plus 38 years" or whatever? I'm always curious about just exactly how that works. :D
     
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    Well, ain't that special.
     
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