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Yes, that's exactly what I'm saying. The difference is small, though.

But context matters. I'm really objecting to the weird notion that miscarriages of justice are sort-of okay, as long as they don't result in capital punishment. It makes little difference whether a man's life is unjustly destroyed or unjustly extinguished!




You are honestly arguing that killing innocent people is better than wrongful imprisonment?

Besides the fact that execution (last I checked) is permanent, there are no methods used in the US (or most places in the world) that guarantee a quick, painless death.

Practically, the most likely methods (lethal injection) end up torturing people to death.

That’s really the kind of world you want to live in?


Yes I am. Seriously, how is this even hard to understand?

Imagine yourself in the situation: you are 20, you go to jail. You are 40, now exonerated. You have no friends, no skills, no job, no money. You are a failure. It's unfixable. You are likely to commit suicide.

The point isn't so much whether a messed up life is still better than no life, the point is that someone upthread glibly asserted that wrongful imprisonment can be reversed. That is a convenient lie. Those years are lost. Forever. Irreversibly.

Still not getting through? Fine, imagine a women spending her third and fourth decade in jail. That means no children. Ever. Is that enough to get the point across that imprisonment causes permanent, irrevocable damage and that it isn't markedly different from capital punishment in this regard?


Well, I guess we're going to have to agree to disagree here. I think your reasoning is... flawed, to say the least. We're not going to see eye to eye on this, so let's call it a day.


> how is this even hard to understand?

I think you need more practical life experience to understand why you are wrong.

> You are 40, now exonerated. You have no friends, no skills, no job, no money. You are a failure. It's unfixable. You are likely to commit suicide.

That was me at 40. I didn't go to prison. I got sick. Lost everything and had to start over. And 15 years later life is okay.

Friend mentioned his college professor. He fled the Nazi's and went to Argentina. And then had to flee again to the US. Each time he started over with _nothing_.


It makes a rather massive difference.

In one case, you can potentially reunite a person with their family. In the other, the state has killed an innocent man and permanently destroyed a family.

I'm really having a hard time understanding how locking someone up and potentially freeing them later after a miscarriage of justice is discovered is the same as murdering that person.




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