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Life sentence without parole regardless of the recovery of the baby or not. Death sentence if we had a judicial system that wasn't so incompetent and corrupt, but since we do, I'd settle for life in jail.
I believe that if rehabilitation is not possible (which you are de facto declaring with a life sentence), then the problem is an economical one.
That said, if we emptied the jails of non-violent offenders, it'd be less of an issue.
I'm personally against the death sentence, perfect judicial system or not. I'm much more in the "life of hard labor without possibility of parole" camp. Especially since, in some cases, the death sentence is actually easier than life w/o parole, depending on the point of view of the prisoner. There is a documented example of a mafioso in Italy, a country without the death sentence, begging to be put to death because he finds it preferable to the hell of being stuck in prison for the rest of his life. Of course, since Italy has no death penalty, he'll probably only die of natural causes (unless he finds some way to commit suicide or something).
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The second issue is really the biggest as an incorrect guilty sentence on a person who has life in prison is terrible but at least they can be set free, even if they may not have enough time left to have a fulfilling life. For a person who has been sentenced to death it would likely be too late in such a situation.
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Not to get off on too much of a tangent, but fraudsters and other non-violents could have more tailored sentences. Cap the white-collar embezzler's salary for the next 20 years to the median income for his area, for example. Enforce this through automatic audits of his bank accounts and spending with periodic checkups by human auditors and private investigators. Still cheaper than prison.
Except embezzlers go to Club Med prison, not pound me in the ass prison.
Part of the reason why the death penalty is so expensive is basically precisely due to making sure that the innocent aren't executed via all the appeals and whatnot.As far as the death sentence being a more humane option, that often is up to the individual. It kind of falls under the same camp as to whether doctor assisted suicide is more humane than natural death due to terminal illness/injury -- it's often a personal issue. That said, I have no issue with a prisoner being given the choice of life without parole or death via something akin to a self-administered cyanide pill, for example. It's just the imposition of death upon the prisoner by an outside agent that bothers me.I could get all philosophical here with a third option taken from sci fi, just for the sake of discussing the morality of it, but I won't unless pressed to do so.
I am actually a bit curious of your sci fi option.
I do not think the death sentence is a more humane option overall, I was more talking about your example. In some cases I could see it being, as with your example, but I do agree with the concept of a prisoner being given a choice. I think that would be the optimal solution, although I am unsure how many would agree.I am actually a bit curious of your sci fi option.