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Hi Ace,

I agree with a lot of what you are saying, including trying to reform criminals and helping them become part of society.

but you know, sometimes despite the best efforts of dedicated people, the criminal fails to be rehabilitated. There are 'bad' people in the world who would just as soon see you dead as alive. They may be beyond anyones reach.

And if someone has committed violent crimes how can you be sure that letting them out of jail becasue some psychologist says they are not dangerous is a smart thing to do. There are about 101 different forms of psychiatry, professionals often disagree, and the stakes couldn't be higher. What if someone was let out and went on to kill or do violence again. It happens all the time in the states.

So how about this, let's have a moritorium on executions. That should make liberals happy. Let's also simultaneously have a national debate on what are the conditions, circumstances etc that arguably call for the death penalty. For example, if there is the slightest chance that there is a case of mistaken identity, no death penalty.

However, someone like McV, who killed so many, who had no remorse other than he didn't kill more, whose guilt is admitted and uncontested may represent the kind of case that could deserve the death penalty.

Bakc to an old question, is there ever a case for the death penalty. If so, it's just a matter of agreeing what crime would deserve it. If not, then are you saying that nothing, no matter how horrible, ever deserves that punishment.

You can have the last word,

Dov
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