Do you support the death penalty?

  1. Do you support the death penalty? This is a topic my husband and I have discussed numerous times, but neither of us has ever formed a fixed belief on the subject. Both of us have worked in the criminal justice field and have seen prison from both sides. As a nurse I have read and heard so many horrifying stories coming from these inmates. The psychiatric files of many are enough to keep you awake at night. I have been truly horrified at some of the things I have read and heard from these inmates including all of the gory details about what they did to their victims, what they want to do, etc. Some of this stuff is more graphic and frightening than anything most could imagine.

    I am honestly torn in both directions concerning this subject. People can change, but can all people change? How would you ever know if a person truly regretted their actions?

    I know that this is a controversial subject, but I am very interested in hearing your replies.
  2. Poll: Do you support the death penalty?

    • YES

      64.79% 46
    • NO

      29.58% 21
    • Undecided

      5.63% 4
    71 Votes
  3. 78 Comments

  4. by   jadednurse
    OK, I'll bite. It's expensive to keep low-life sickos around, but it seems they're the one's getting off easy when they're executed.
  5. by   gwenith
    Yes on modays not on tuesdays

    There are those recidivists, serial killers, escalating rapists, who are what they are and will not chnage but how to determine this? Is it any more immoral to take away a life by incarceration than it is by death? Although when they are only incarcerated they can be released if later they have been judged innocent ther still remains the loss of the portion of thier lives spent behind bars.

    Is it an answer - maybe but it should never be considered a deterent. SO how do we decide who is "beyond redemption"? Ah now there is the rub which is why mondays are yes tuesdays are no.

    Moral: Don't annoy Gwenny on Teusdays
  6. by   Nurse Ratched
    It's actually more expensive to execute them because of all the appeals inherent in the process, so if I said no, it would only be because of that reason, not because I think we shouldn't kill some people whose actions have been so abhorrent as to warrant being extinguished.
  7. by   jadednurse
    As long as we don't give them organ transplants before we execute them...oops, that's another thread!
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    *snort* lol - you are bad!
  9. by   jadednurse
    Like Dennis Rodman - Bad as I Wannabe!
  10. by   Tilleycs
    Do I support the death penalty? Absolutely!

    Froggy, I don't think it's a matter of whether they can change or ever "feel" sorry for what they did - it's a matter of punishment for a crime. Whether they EVER feel any remorse has nothing to do with the fact that they ALREADY committed the crime. Our laws say that if you commit certain acts, you will be punished, regardless of whether you're ever sorry or not. What they do and feel after the fact has nothing to do with it.

    I understand the debate over the different theories (i.e., "Why do we kill people, who have killed people, to show that killing is wrong?") and approaches, but I'll tell you THIS - let it be YOUR mother, father, sister, brother, daughter, son, etc. who is tortured, murdered, maimed, violated, abused, etc., and everything goes from the realm of theory/debate to reality in about two seconds.

    If you or one of your loved ones were the victim, you could care less about the possibilities of the criminal's rehabilitation. You'd want justice. And you'd deserve it.

    Do people who commit crimes worthy of the death penalty even DESERVE a chance to change or rehabilitate? Why? What have they done to deserve it? IMO, if you take someone else's life, or do something equally as horrible, you give up your rights to MANY things. You even give up your right to live.

    Sometimes people get off easy by being executed - they don't suffer like the people they've tortured and the families they have robbed of their loved ones.
  11. by   RNIAM
    Kill em all and pass the peanuts!(see its a smiley, this means I'm only joking)
    edited to add I really do support the death penalty
  12. by   aimeee
    No, but not because I don't believe that some people deserve it. There are a number of reasons, expense being one of them and another the fact that it is impossible to guarantee a TRULY fair trial (even one innocent being executed is too many). And I am just uncomfortable endorsing it from a societal position...seems too much like state supported VENGEANCE.
  13. by   RNIAM
    Wouldn't housing them indefinity be more expensive?
  14. by   itsme
    RN2B, I'll have some of those peanuts and a front row seat with you!
  15. by   passing thru
    Absolutely!! There are crimes that are committed by people who have NO respect for anothers' life. They do not think
    about their innocent victims and the victims' families when
    they kill.

    I've read of murderer's who had no conscience or feelings
    regarding the victim. The victim was killed with no more
    thought or concern than the murderer would give to swatting a fly.

    At square one-- our lives are all that we have.
    If you are a victim of homicide, the perpetrator has taken
    everything from you.