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Sanctity of Life

I just read these two paragraphs, from an article on Clarence Ray Allen being executed. I think it hilights what I don't "get" about the death penalty.

Having suffered a heart attack back in September, Allen had asked prison authorities to let him die if he went into cardiac arrest before his execution, a request prison officials said they would not honor.

"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. "We would resuscitate him," then execute him.

Permalink Pseudo Masochist 
January 18th, 2006
So a prisoner can't sign a DNR?
Permalink son of parnas 
January 18th, 2006
makes sense really. the prisons simply cannot afford to have a reputation for letting prisoners die.

they are not hospitals, they are prisons.
Permalink Jesus H Christ 
January 18th, 2006
Funny, JHC.
Permalink Mr. Powers 
January 19th, 2006
Very ironic.

"Anything not mandatory is strictly forbidden". This is a routine that the military and certain public institutions (like prisons) get into.

So, if you're a prisoner, we're going to keep you alive as best we can. If you're to be executed, you're going to be executed on schedule. Don't think you're getting out of your punishment by merely having a heart attack.

Otherwise, it's not a punishment?
Permalink AllanL5 
January 19th, 2006

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