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I don't favor paying some $50k/year to keep a convicted prisoner in jail. But if you made a mistake, and find out it was not him/her crime you should at least pay some meager stipend to allow the prisoner to survive in freedom and old age. The other choice is kill him and bury him. Cheaper, for sure, but in my Mind, far from Just.

Death is Forever. ... You wanna say you are Sorry???

Yeah, I don't know how I feel about this one.

For some crimes, there is so much evidence of who did it, and the crime is so awful, that there's no "rehabilitation" that I think will be sufficient to allow the criminal back into society. For these people, I think I favor the death penalty.

My father's opinion is that anyone falling into that category has a mental problem, and we don't kill people for being sick.

I agree, though, that there's no going back after an execution, if you find out you're wrong. And if we only give the death penalty if the person pleads guilty, then no one will ever plead guilty to the worst crimes.

I don't have good answers.

There are prisons where the population works to make the prison nearly self sufficient. I like that idea. Except... how do you punish someone who refuses?

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