MOT meter: Capital Punishment
Neumann MOT reading as of 8/28/13
(Based on the book by John C. Macidull, “a Margin of Theft”)
Fact: “The death penalty is much more expensive than life without parole because the Constitution requires a long and complex judicial process for capital cases.”—Death Penalty Focus. Fact: Human beings are capable of deriving great value out of life—leading to poetry, spirituality, much of our philosophy, other arts, et cetera. Fact: “Eighteen people have been proven innocent and exonerated by DNA testing in the United States after serving time on death row. They were convicted in 11 states and served a combined 229 years in prison – including 202 years on death row – for crimes they didn’t commit.”—the Innocence Project. Fact: There’s no known way to resurrect humans once they’ve died (by modern medicine). Analysis: The penal system in the U..S ought to be purposed for rehabilitation, not punishment. Conclusion: Until technology allows us to know whether or not one person murdered another human being—beyond reasonable doubt—the U.S. ought to suspend all capital punishment and instead attempt to rehabilitate incarcerated inmates to the best of our ability (even if we have to keep them locked up). Human life is important and precious. We’re all fated to die, but we ought to attempt preservation at reasonable costs.