It's the ultimate penalty. I think it's necessary.
In Poland there is no death penalty. You can be given at most life imprisonment. Even though you can get out after about 30 years if you behave well. That's insane. A murderer and a rapist can be free again. In most cases, he murders and rape again. He feels lawless, invincible, because he can be free again.
For comparison let's look at tax forgery. A fraud can be given life without the ability to get out for good behaviour. Is this justice? Not at all. This is the state caring of its own business without thinking about its people.
Let's have a look at the penalty-reward system all pedagogy students are being taught. Punishment has to be:
- Adequate - if the culprit stole something, he has to pay it back + pay a fine as a compensation. If he raped somebody, he should be deprived of the possibility to rape.
- Proportional - if he stole $10000, he should give it back + pay a fine equal to that. If he stole $500, he should give it back and pay a fine. The first one has to pay $20000, the second $1000. Those penalties are both proportional to their crimes.
So what motivation (positive or negative) for a murderer, a fraud, a robber or a rapist to get better is given when they are imprisoned for life? None. They get even worse through the society inside the prisons.
Enough said. I could spend hours discussing it, but it would be too long and I might uncover the point of this post, which I meant to leave for you: think about it.