Monday, March 27, 2006

Proposal to put sex offenders to death may backfire

South Carolina is proposing a law that would sentence repeat child molestors to death.

The death penalty may seem like it's exactly what those who abuse children deserve and the only negative consequence is the slight risk that offenders will kill to silence their victims. But is that the case?

What if the person being charged is the grandfather of his victims? What impact will it have on the victims if they feel their testimony will lead to the death of a family member? And if the penalty is death, will more abusers get not-guilty verdicts because juries feel the punishment is too harsh?

This death penalty proposal seems to be a quick fix that doesn't require us to put real effort, money or thought into complex prevention strategies.
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