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Writer's Block: Ride the lightning

Should people who are sentenced to life in prison be allowed the death penalty as an option, and why?

I don't think so.
1) Why should they have the option of checking out when the rest of us don't? (Make assisted suicide legal and we'll talk.)
2) Does ending their punishment quickly amount to a real punishment or deterrent for others?
3) This would not leave open the possibility of atonement and correction.

If I had more time I could probably come up with better arguments.

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I prefer that the one being punished not get a say in the punishment being doled out to tell the truth.
See, that's the type of argument I could have come up with if I'd had more time (and sleep).
I meant to respond to this yesterday, but didn't have time. You make some excellent arguments for why the death penalty shouldn't be made an option for people serving life sentences. I especially like your point about the way this option would close the door on the possibility for atonement and correction.
Thank you for your kind comment.
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