The last public execution in the United States was in 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Progressive movement in the United States was all about reform and most progressives believed it barbaric to have people witness the death of a condemned criminal. It called to mind the worst excesses of Rome as well as clashing with Victorian ideas of modesty surrounding death rituals. So beginning in 1890, states began enacting laws that placed the execution of prisoners behind “enclosures” in order to “exclude public view.”
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I Personally believe the main reason execution is not public is that if an execution is shown to the public then the public opinion on the death penalty very well could flip. It may offend people and those people are the ones who will vote to stop it.
another reason why i dont think there are public executions is because Children should not be submitted to such scenes, we all remember Sudam Hussains hanging it was broadcasted on nearly every channel, then on YouTube and god knows where else. Children should not see it.
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Whether we would continue to have a death penalty or not would depend on voter's sentiments and who they elected to represent them. I believe in democracy and that our criminal justice system should reflect the majority consensus on the subject.
Whether or not children should watch an execution? That would be up to the parents involved, to be honest if they are doing their job, they would be monitoring their kids and their whereabouts during the scheduled time, no? Some may want their children to watch to clearly understand that currently society is so repulsed by certain kinds of crime, that it demands a person's life for them.
I watched the execution of Saddam Hussein, I was not impressed in the least and I was not terrified or made to feel nauseous in the least. It was quick, he suffered ALOT LESS than those he had SLOWLY TORTURED or his victims of Chemical and Biological weapons in the north of Iraq and Iran.
we stopped having public executions primarily because the party atmosphere disrupted the solemnity of the occassion. it was more prevalent in england, a la tyburn fair, but most public executions, even into the twentieth century were attended by 5,000 or more onlookers. though i don't believe the death penalty is a deterrent, nor should be considered so except for the executee, public executions would certainly be more effective in deterring than private executions would. of course children should attend, since they would learn at an early age that the wages of sin certainly is death
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Yes, and then they can go home and practise on their mates....and the individual who had homicidal urges but may not have exercised them gets a first-hand chance to see an immediate death and is so thrilled and enamoured by the experience that he can't wait for the next public execution and kicks off...
I've been to the torture camp s21 and the killing fields of Cambodia, the pictures of the men women even babies were tortured,along with a few Brits. 20,000 people were tortured there,and photos were taken of kids being electricuted,waterboarded,fingernails pulled out. The executions were done in public in the killing fields. Those about to die were told they were not worth a bullet, so the executioners thoght up more and more horrible ways to kill. The point is they became more and more sadistic,kids were pulled apart in tugs of war, buried alive....the point is killing became a sport, and there were contests of brutality. the photos of the killings,thousands are on the walls of the camp, now its a memorial/museam. I guess I'm trying to say that being involved in killing others can become mundane, as many who worked at S21 said they got used to the screams, and what had started as a difficult thing ,to kill a child, very quickly became mundane and 'was like killing a fly' the sight of humans killing others should never become a usual sight. I think of the photos of Americans lynching, and the people watching dressedup for the occasion. Like Billy Holiday sang, 'southern trees bear strange fruit'
Post by fierypoeticgirl on Aug 24, 2009 8:29:41 GMT -5
We don't show public executions because in my opinion, it's perverted to stoop to the killer's level. We ordinary and whatever you wish to define as "normal" members of society, should not engage in activities which may indicate how excited we are to see someone die at our hands or in front of our eyes. Some of these executions still do not use lethal injections, therefore, watching them can be quite shocking and disturbing to the human psyche. For instance, let's say Michael Jackson's Memorial service had not been televised. Granted, the people were on their best behavior, but one cannot always expect good behavior when something as serious as death is taking place or has happened. The only way I'd want to "watch" an execution would be if I had someone close to me who was the victim of the person sentenced to death. Even then, I'm not so sure I'd show up. Many last words from the known attackers are not all that comforting, and if that person said to the family and friends of the victim,,...."To hell with all of you," I'd be livid with anger. just don't think it's healthy. People in today's world, however, always want to SEE the carnage and destruction. A gruesome picture makes more of an impact than just reading the words. That is so wrong. But, if it can write a wrong, well show the darn pictures. The whole thing is just sick. Showing the "O.J. Simpson trial was in ill taste too.
Hello fpgirl, thanks for posting. When the guillotene replaced really long, drawnout torture/deaths in France, the public booed. They wanted to hear screams and see the person die horribly, and the more drawnout the deaths, the better. nice to meet you
If executions went public ,the Death Penalty, would soon be taken of the books.We should think about the way meat sold away from were it is killed in the supermarket with smiling cattle,sheep or chickens on the packet.
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