coaledsweat wrote:I doubt very much that people that commit capital crimes give one moments thought of how they would be executed if caught. Besides, executing criminals really has nothing to do with deterrence, its about retribution.
I agree with this post. We want justice in the form of retribution, but deterrence would be worthwhile too in preventing future murders.
One tribe of Native Americans had, I think, a clever solution. As reported by George Catlin one tribe of Mandans handled the problem in the following way.
If in counsel it was decided unanimously that the death sentence was called for, the murderers own family was assigned the duty to carry out the killing. By doing it this way the victims family received retribution and there was no chance of a feud being started between families to avenge the murder. Also, knowing they could be expected to carry out this unpleasant duty any malefactor within a family was sure to receive a lot of pressure from family members to mend his ways before it was too late. Strong deterrence and retribution if necessary was achieved.
Just another example of the thought of primitive people that is less primitive than the society that branded them primitive.