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Yesterday, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty for juveniles as being cruel and unusual punishment. The distinction is the age of 18. Interestingly, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the opinion, acknowledged that the U.S. could not ignore world opinion. Only the U.S. and Japan among developed nations still have the death penalty.

But what to do. I'm not a fan of the distinctions for whom the death penalty applies, but I'm also not in favor of the death penalty. I doubt that it's a deterrent against crime since the killers are likely either crazed or psychopaths. However, I have a friend whose parents were murdered by a young couple -- a tragically life altering experience to go through and so feel strongly for the victims and their families.

As soon as a killer is given the death penalty, he has a reason to live -- that is, he's fueled by the hope that his death sentence will be overturned. Because of our caution in carrying out the death penalty, years -- sometimes decades -- pass filled with multiple appeals and costs to taxpayers.

Though I understand the element of revenge in the death penalty and the removal of a cancer from society, I propose that we could achieve the same more efficiently by life imprisonment without the chance of parole. Could there be anything worse than spending your life locked up without any hope of release or any dreams to chase (even if it's only the evil dream of another carjacking)? Besides, the killers still get a death penalty of sorts because they would be sentenced to die in prison.

With a true life sentence, the expense and time of the countless appeals necessitated by the gravity of the death sentence could be done away with replaced by the normal appeals process. Moreover, in those cases where the wrong person is convicted, there wouldn't be the possibility of killing an innocent person.

News stories about the court's opinion: New York Times; Washington Post


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