If those who are to be executed had to die in a manor such as their victim/victims died. So if it was a rape and murder by dismemberment perp. They should be executed by being dismembered after some big bad guy rapes them. I would watch that. Or at least use a firing squad. This sissy crap of putting them to sleep with an injection, and then another injection to stop their hart, isn't worth watching.
They also need to speed up the process. If it is a case where execution is a possibility, two judges should be placed in the court room. One regular judge and one appeals judge. After the case is over and should the def. be found guilty and sentenced to death, the appeal can be presented to the appeals judge right then and if the appeals judge upholds the verdict, than the next day the perp should be executed.
I think if public/televised hangings came into play then that would curve some of the murders going on right now. This country doesn't offer any reason to be scared of committing a crime. Even if a person gets caught, convicted of the crime, and sentenced to death, he still has a good 15-20 years to live, free food, free board, free tv, no taxes, doesn't have to work, etc. Americans are way to soft on criminals. It's time we scare some of this scum straight.
Executions were public until mere decades ago in much of the West, and still are in many other regions of the world. Doesn't seem to have made any difference in the crime rate.
Additionally, both historical and modern accounts suggest people often seem to treat public executions like a big party, which seems counter-productive to me. Rejoicing in the deaths of others, even total sickos, doesn't encourage a respect for human life.
kerryg: I have no respect for a murderer of innocent human life. I say lets get serious, save tax dollars, make folks more secure and execute the worthless facets of humanity with a quick, meaningful and eternal journey into the abyss of nothingness.
I am an evolving human animal. There is s characteristic within my genetic makeup that can only be sated by action. That characteristic is a need for "revenge!" I want the perpetrator of a heinous, premeditated, violent crime which kills an innocent human being, to understand, to the deepest levels of his consciousness, before and during his execution, what his victim endured before life ebbed from his fear filled, tortured, mind and body. I am one of those "medieval" human creatures who would like to see "executions" televised.
Consider the "murder of a child? Execution by "Drawing and quartering" would suit my uncivilized nature. I would invite those of my ilk to watch the televised execution in my driveway and garage. It would be a "tailgate" party my neighborhood wouldn't soon forget!
...wouldn't satisfy me! Watching him/her go on a widescreen while barbequeing burgers and downing a few beers with other of my primitive ilk'll satisfy me. I know, I'm a vengeful troglodyte! What can I say!? :-)