Sunday, October 17, 2010

Life without possibility of parole

Death penalty is an extreme measure to punish felony. Justice is prevailed to some extent once the murderer is executed. However, death penalty is irreversible. What if new evidence is found to prove the executed innocent after the sentence is carried out? This constitutes the basic ground for those who are opposed to the death penalty. As an alternative for the abolishment of death penalty, life imprisonment without possibility of parole is being considered by the Ministry of Justice. Such consideration would be a big step forward to the advancement of our judicial system. It may reduce the risk of killing the wrong person and also gives the guilty a chance to introspect their crimes in prison.

Of course, there are certain supplementary measures that must go with the practice of such alternative. Those who get sentenced to serve life without any possibility of parole must not have the wrong idea that they are going to be fed by the taxpayers for the rest of their lives even they have done something very wrong. They must be closely monitored to repent their crimes and work hard to pay back what they have done to the society.

To implement this new practice, certain changes should be made at the same time to ease the doubt of the general public. One of which is the qualification for parole must be made higher to those who serve life. Statistics said that Taiwanese prisoners who get life only need to serve an average of 12.8 years to get paroled, far lower than Japan. Japanese prisoners must serve at least 20 years before filing their application for parole. We must not let bad guys have a wrong idea that they can get away from punishment easily.


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