I guess also that part of the issue is the inconsistency of how those rules are applied.
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15-02-2015 18:39 #41
15-02-2015 18:47 #42
Rationally I can make the connection between the fact that they took a risk, made a bad decision, knew what the consequences were, all of that stuff. They broke the law, and I believe when you break the law there is a consequence.
But then I picture them sitting in that place, knowing that any minute now they are going to be told they have three days to live. All the good they have brought into the world in the past ten years will be effectively negated. They will be led off somewhere. Blindfolded. Their hearts will be pounding out of their chests. They will be terrified. Their family members will be broken. It makes me panicky just thinking about it.
And I find it hard to just say 'do the crime do the time' when I think about that sort of thing. I find it hard to hear those words and worse coming from others about fellow human beings...
I'm not directing any of this at you by quoting you btw, and I thank you for your comments on this thread which have been very articulate and illuminating to me.
15-02-2015 18:49 #43
I personally don't support the death penalty for this, but I do support a very long jail sentence. Corby had pot. These guys had heroin, which kills people and destroys families. IMO she was no where in the league of these guys. I do support the death penalty for a minority of crimes. Serial killers, rapists and child molesters come to mind.
As to rehabilitation. I fully believe in a human's ability to change, and for this crime I do believe they could be rehabilitated. But for the above crimes, hell no. There is no coming back from that stuff and statistics show rehabilitation rates for pedophiles is appallingly low.
If I had some power in this, I would bring them back to Australia to serve a decent sentence (10+ years) where they can actually have programs to understand their behaviour, possibly deal with their own addiction and develop responsibility, empathy and regret for their crime. Leaving them to rot in some filthy jail is almost as bad as the death penalty.
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15-02-2015 18:59 #46
I will admit i am possibly a bit desensitized to these issues though due to my work.
15-02-2015 19:04 #47Senior Member
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We have an obligation to call out other countries (and indeed our own country) on any rules or behaviours or practices that don't place appropriate value on human rights. And that includes the death penalty.
15-02-2015 19:06 #48
The death penalty is abhorrent. End of story.
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