A Suggestion for Clearing Death Row Quicker

The Problem

I am not a fan of the death penalty. But since we have one, we need a way to make it work more efficiently.

I am not going to suggest that we destroy the appeals process. That process has prevented numerous executions of non-guilty parties.
What I am suggesting is a way to motivate death penalty prisoners to end the process sooner that will not infringe upon their rights.

Random Chance

The solution to me is so simple, I'm surprised it hasn't already been implemented. Give the condemned man a random chance. It would work like this:

The condemned prisoner is allowed to complete an appeal to the highest court in his state. In Texas, death penalty appeals go straight to the Court of Criminal Appeals. In Texas, it takes about two years for an attorney to complete such an appeal.

After the prisoner's case is rebuked (including everyone who was already under sentence of death at the time the law becomes effective), the prisoner is given the opportunity to risk death at the chance of having his sentenced commuted to life (with eligibility for parole in 25 years). The prisoner must make the choice within 30 days, and the choice is irrevocable unless new evidence is presented.

If the prisoner choses the risk, he is given his choice of potential methods of execution: Lethal Injection, Hanging, or Firing Squad.

The execution is handled in a similiar manner to any other execution, except that random chance is introduced: If the prisoner is guilty of one murder, the chance is 1:3 of execution. If the prisoner is guilty of two murders, the chance is 2:3 of execution. Serial Killers would not be eligible.

The prisoner appoints an agent who oversees the random process. A locked box with switches setting the lethal choice(s) is set about 30 minutes before the sentence is carried out. The agent sees that only the correct number of choices have been made and that the mechanism is working properly. The boxed is then locked until the execution begins.

How it Ends

When the time comes, the prisoner enters the death chamber and makes a selection. The prisoner is allowed to make a statement before the process is completed.

The Warden turns a key that "arms" to device. The executioner presses a button that activates it. The results are instantaneous. If it is by lethal injection, the fluid is colored to indicate it is flowing. If it is hanging or firing squad, the prisoner will be dead before he realizes that he lost the bet.

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mio cid 4 years ago from Uruguay

I guess our country will be the last place on earth where the state is able to legally murder a human being, there are not many countries left that practice this retrograde form of punishment.I have no sympathy for a despicable person who commits a terrible crime, and do not feel sorry for his death ,but there are two main factors why i believe the death penalty shouldn't exist. first of all ther is always the possibility that an innocent person could be executed and that person can not be brought back to life.and second i really don't care what damage this practice brings to a criminal murderer piece of trash. i care about the damage it does to our country, our people making every single inhabitant of the country an accomplice in murder.


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carterchas 4 years ago from Texas Author

I will not approve another comment like yours. This is not a debate on the death penalty, only a way to speed up the process for the offenders and the victim's families.

Capital Punishment was practiced in the Bible and is not considered "Murder". Many religious groups read the commandment as "Thou Shalt Not Murder."

My problem with capital punishment is with three things:

1. Capital Punishment is a poor use of our tax money. Such cases require far more money to prosecute, and such prisoners require far more upkeep.

2. Most cases, though terrible, do not really need this extreme punishment.

3. Death Penalty defendants typically receive poor underfunded representation at trial.

The kind of case I want to see prosecuted as a death penalty is someone like Ronald Clark O'Brian, who poisoned his son on Holloween 1974. He was the third person executed in Texas. In Deer Park, Texas, Trick or Treating is still illegal to this day. One of the librarians at my elementary school lived next door to them.

On the other hand, Jeff Motley (#90 executed in Texas) was still a teenager when he committed the crime. He was terribly abused by his father. He could have been salvaged. I knew Jeff. His meanness radiated from him, but he picked that up at home.

My aim with the suggestion in the article is not to kill more people, but to end the wait of victim's families; it also will removed the expensive burden the prison system has in housing these people seperate.


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christalluna1124 3 years ago from Dallas Texas

WOW.... VERY DEEP !!! YOU KNOW I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF MYSELF AS ANTI-DEATH PENALTY BUT THEN THE BREWER CASE HAPPENED IN TEXAS... AND EVEN THOUGH THE FAMILY OF THE VICTIM ASKED THAT BREWER NOT BE EXECUTED, HIS LAST WORDS WERE I HAVE NO REGRETS, I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN. IT IS VERY HARD FOR ME TO FEEL SYMPATHY FOR THIS INDIVIDUAL. I THINK YOUR IDEA HAS MERIT... I'M JUST UNSURE WHEN IT COMES TO EXECUTION. I WILL NEVER FORGET CAMERON TODD WILLINGHAM.

WARMEST REGARDS,

CHRIS


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carterchas 3 years ago from Texas Author

1. Please, refrain from using ALL CAPS. It doesn't strethen your arguments doing that.

2. Myself, I believe that the death penalty is usually unneccesary. But there are guys like Brewer who prove it is appropriate sometimes.

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