A month after you had graduated from high school, you are dropping a friend off at her house when you enter the house to find the owner being assaulted and being robbed. The burglar and his two accomplices then kidnap you, your 18 year-old female friend, a guy who lived in the residence and his nine-month old baby. You’re then beaten with a shotgun, bound with duct tape (as is your friend); your friend is then raped by all three men. After that, everyone is taken to a rural part of the city, you’re shot twice and buried alive.
…but this is not a story, this was news on 8 June 1999. “You” was actually Stephanie Michelle Neiman, and the head criminal was “Clayton Darrell Lockett”… I wish I had his prisoner number, as he doesn’t deserve to have a name. I will herein refer to him as Criminal.
Relative background to this Rant:
Primary Occupation: Military/Law Enforcement
I’m sure you’ve heard about the successful execution of Criminal, but what I find interesting is that people say it was “botched”.
Was Criminal supposed to be executed? – Yes
Does that mean, Criminal is supposed to die? – Yes
Does anyone affected by Criminal care if the Criminal suffered? Yes, but I would argue those that care would agree with ‘the more the merrier’.
Did the Criminal die? Yes. Massive heart failure, supposedly in agony.
People say the Death Penalty doesn’t work.
Will Criminal ever commit another crime? – No.
Will some other paroled criminals have a chance to commit another crime? – Yes
I’d say a 100% guarantee a criminal will no longer commit another atrocity upon someone is proof the Death Penalty does work.
Others will argue the Death Penalty doesn’t deter crime in others. I would argue it is effective, if the response is immediate. For example, around the 1920s there were rampant mail robberies (specifically for registered mail, as that’s how money was moved before electronic transfer funds). Marines were called in on two separate occasions, with the basic set instructions of like this one:
Q) Is there a general plan for meeting a robbery?
A) Yes; start shooting and meet developments as they arise thereafter.
With the knowledge that Marines were ordered to “shoot to kill” suspected robbers, there were zero incidents (technically 1 on the second round of US Marines defending the train). By delaying the execution of bad people like Criminal, I would agree the deterring factor for other criminals is minimal, but at least Criminal will never hurt anyone again—and no longer be a tax-burden on the citizens of the country.
However, I would further argue that if everyone faced a 40-minute painful heart attack as their method of execution, people might take notice and maybe start staying away from (violent) crime. We’ve gone from public beheadings, drawn & quartering, disembowelment, hangings… to private executions like firing squads, again hangings, electric chairs, and now lethal injections (akin to “putting animals to sleep”). Some would argue public executions work; others argue it’s a sign of barbarianism.
I would argue I want to put my beloved animal to sleep because of old age, or some sickness, but you put a rabid dog causing destruction down. This is where China has it right… although times seem to be changing. The cost of a firing squad (in China) is roughly US$100, whereas lethal injection costｓ a little under US$50. And to prove a point, Beijing would charge the family the cost of the bullet(s) used; however an article I read stated families wouldn’t be charged for the cost of the drugs–a shame, as I enjoyed the one-two punch. There are contending sides within China, where one side believes that China wants to use lethal injection instead of firing squads because it preserves organs for donations, whereas the other side states lethal injections are on the rise because prisoners are caused less pain and they believe there is no correlation between lethal injections and organ donations. Although, “the China Daily reports that 65% of transplants that originated in China came from executed prisoners, who reportedly were voluntarily donors.” What are your thoughts? 😉
Are you for or against the Death Penalty? Please comment and let me know why.