“The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”

Socialist Party presidential candidate Norman Thomas


Tuesday, November 07, 2006

swift justice

If only justice were meted out this quickly in this country...

The former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein will be hanged by the end of January, a senior member of Nouri al-Maliki's Dawa party predicted today as an around-the-clock curfew kept the lid on sectarian violence after the deposed dictator was sentenced to death.

"I don't think it will drag on beyond January of next year," said MP Haider al-Abadi, who is a confidant to the Iraqi Prime Minister.

With our endless appeals system, convicted death-row prisoners sit for an average of like 15 years before being finally executed. All death-row prisoners are in solitary confinement. The cost of maintaining one prisoner per cell is in the neighborhood of 50 thousand dollars a year. How much money would be saved if we executed guys in 6 months? And how much more of a deterrent would capital punishment be if guys knew they would swing six months after committing the crime?

2 comments:

Reid said...

Eliminate the automatic appeal process and this time is cut in half. I agrre, convict the perp; give him a few weeks to get his situation in order; string him up/fry the poor slob. We can simplify the prison overcrowding situation this way as well. If all of the death row inmates were eliminated, thin of the available cell space out there for needy criminals, instead of turning them back out on the street to committ more crimes. I think the world needs to see a flogging or a crucifixation to understand what puhishment is all about. Might even wake up a few lost souls as well.

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