Like columnist Lon Allan (Sept. 25), I have always supported capital punishment because it makes absolutely certain a similar crime by the same person won’t happen again.
I still support capital punishment, but I have recently come to oppose the method of execution. This opposition is because of the almost common occurrence of proving prisoners innocent with DNA testing after they have spent many years in prison, and sometimes on death row (e.g. www.sanluisobispo.com/2012/09/26/2242263/man-once-on-death-row-faced-financial.html).
I propose changing the method of execution to death by long incarceration. The sentence would still be called death, and mean it. Prisoners would still live on death row waiting for their execution by long incarceration.
This would be what is currently called life without possibility of parole, but without the potential for whimsical commutation to life with parole by judicial activists or corrupt politicians.
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This method of execution would allow society to change its mind should it find an innocent person on death row.
It is a lot harder to change your mind with the current method of execution, whatever it is. As long as a prisoner is still alive, waiting for death on death row, injustice can be corrected with money.
No amount of money will correct an injustice found after the current form of execution is carried out.