You know this article has been posted on multiple news sites, and it continues to amaze me that it gets the amount of negative reaction that it does.
Breaking down this instance, and throwing out wrongful prosecution & 'they got the wrong guy' (in the case they had DNA evidence as well as admission), this is a person that raped a woman, then slit her throat and left her in the street. She was also pregnant at the time. I have zero sympathy for him. I would rather we shot him up with a sedative & od'd him on painkillers than the other options which are essentially (2):
Let him sit in prison sponging off taxpayers for the rest of his natural life
Let him out because `can't you all understand that he just had a lapse in judgement and made a mistake? surely he needs another chance!`
honestly, to all the people crying about the barbarism of this situation, suppose the woman was someone that you knew, spouse, sister, mother etc. How would you feel about the situation then? How would you react to someone killing your wife and unborn child? What would you want to happen to that person?
Maybe we should offer all of the vocal proponents of this situation an option:
Adopt a death row inmate.
You can take a guy on death row home, we'll put a tag bracelet on his foot. You can care for him out of your own pocket, with no reimbursed expenses (no dependant tax write off either) and be responsible for him. If he leaves your house, you pay a fine, if he manages to damage anyone else's property, you're responsible. Any futher crime he commits, you're the liable party.
How about that, keeps the anti-death penalty people happy, keeps scumbags from sponging tax money...