You are wrong in thinking that all criminals can be rehabilitated.
There are clearly exceptions to this and whilst I would concede that some may be rehabilitated I doubt that is true of the vast number of murderers some of whom lack any morals whatsoever.
I could go on all night typing in examples of ones that you could not rehabilitate but here for example
Charles Manson http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Manson
Peter Sutcliffe http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Ripper
I must object also to your talk of the state murdering the criminals.
Check the definition of murder http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder
Yes, but are you sure that Manson (etc) CANNOT be rehabilitated? Don't get me wrong, it would be easier said than done. But I am almost positive that it COULD be done.
Of course there are certainly some that don't want to change. (Kinda like what another poster was talking about...) What do you do about them? Say "That's enough!" Lock 'em up and throw away the key. If somebody just does not want to change and wants to keep on doing bad things to good people, then forget 'em.
But I think that most of them really do want to change. Keep in mind that as long as the system is like it is, there are going to be "reasons" people commit crimes. (Poeverty, Mental Illness, etc.)
Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying that justifies the person committing the act. Of course not. It takes 2 to tango. Just because wrong was done onto you (them) does not justify doing something wrong to somebody else. That would be 2 wrongs.
What I am really trying to say is that it's not ONLY the Department Of Corrections or the Department Of Justice or any one certain department. It is almost all of them. (I cannot think of a single one that's perfect, or even acceptable. Not one!) There are MANY things that must be fixed.
Of course by the same token, that does not excuse any of them for not doing what they should.
It's very complicated and very complex. Kinda like the issue of Abortion, or even Illegal Immigration, it's very complicated. Of course the Capitol Punishment issue itsself is not that bad, it's just the things that are tied into it. Because almost anybody would agree "if it were possible
", except people who are wanting REVENGE. (Which would be a Act Of Anger in itsself, therefore unjustified.) Other than that I think it's safe to say that "if it were possible
", almost everybody would be fine with it.
The thing is, if the DOC (etc) were being ran like they should be, about 95 ~ 99 % of all inmates would be rehabilitated, released, and less than 10% would ever commit another crime. They would get degrees from jail, get out and be placed in a job, making 1M/year with the EDUCATION they got. All of the Psychological problems they have (had) would be gone so there wouldn't be no more of that either... And all would be well.
The problem is that the DOC is not being ran like that. And like I said, it's complicated. But it WILL be fixed. Why is that?
#1.) More people are learning about it lately. (Largely due to my postings all over the Internet.) Politicians are not going to be able to keep on RIGGING ELECTIONS to get themselfs in office, like they have been doing for about a decade! (And other wrongdoing of that sort...) And:
#2.) Good will always conquor bad in the long-run. (It won't win every battle but it WILL win the war.)
The people who are doing this (including the people who run MANY Corporations and Goverment Agencies which I could name off), they know that what they are doing, and they know full well that it's not right. They think they can get away with it. And they have been! Although it will not last. Good will win out.
And that's the thought I'm gonna leave you with. I appreciate your comments. I had to think. I like that.
(BTW, I haven't debated the Capitol Punishment much lately. I've done most other issues lately, including Corrections Departments, just not Capitol Punishment. Not in a while anyway...)
EDIT: I removed that link. Sorry about that. I didn't know. I do now. I won't do it again.