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In Response to Re: Cold dead hand:
Time to move forward from 1943.. Back then it was believed that harsh deterrents worked.
By1963, it was widely known and accepted that harsh deterrents didn't work as far as potential murderers were concerned.
Fifty years later that's still the case. Deterrents have absolutely no effect upon a person considering killing.
But - It's a nice attractively dressed up fairy tale that all the dolts and terminally credulous fools will swallow hook line and sinker.........
Posted by alferdpacker
Sixty years ago it didn't take 5-8 years before going to trial, another year or two to convict and sentence and then 10-20 years of appeals and waiting to carry out the sentence which nullifies any deterrent. When a person was charged with a heinous crime the trial was soon after keeping it in peoples thoughts and you heard a sentence soon after. Now days there's such a long gap between the crime and the trial you've forgotten it ever happened unless it was a mass murder. There are approximately 45 murders a day in the US, how many did you hear about last week? Unless you live in one of the most dangerous cities you probably don't remember more than 4 or 5 out of the 315 weekly average. The reason it's no longer a deterrent is because of the bureaucracy and it's millions of rules and red tape delays.