Originally posted by normbenign
The problem isn't the American prison system, or the number of Americans incarcerated. The problem identified is a relatively small number of cases of wrongful convictions. OK, ask the convicts, and they all profess innocence.
There has to be a penalty for murder. Should it be execution or perhaps a $20 fine? Would a wrongful conviction really be t ...[text shortened]... . In the penalty phase, the child's father is heard advising the defendants to kill themselves.
I am not aware that all convicts profess innocence. Your amusing remark falls flat on many grounds. More likely they plead that their treatment is brutal and lacks all humanity.
Yes a penalty is required for murder. On the whole, it is not considered civilised to place that decision in the hands of the victim's family, as in your example the father of a murdered child. You appear to side with Sharia law on this matter.
Judicial murder is not a form of justice. It is a moral wrong in itself.
The country that brought us Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and secret rendition is not one to look on as a model.
You need to reflect that America's prison system imposes phenomenal social costs which no other country matches. The puritan streak in American politics and its frequent appeal to the voices of the mob have produced a vicious aspect to American justice that ought to bring at least a blush when you consider the way more civilised countries operate. (I would never count the UK as a model by the way.)