Under most circumstances I am against the death penalty. I don’t think the state taking someone’s life really does anyone any good. The costs for keeping a death row inmate are much higher than a non-death row inmate. If an innocent person is convicted and is put to death, you can’t go back and fix that.
All of that said, I do support the state of Louisana in executing Patrick Kennedy for the rape of his 8 year old step-daughter.
Here’s my reasons.
First, child molestors can never be rehabilitated. NEVER. They don’t get out of prison and lead normal lives. They go on to rape and molest children again.
Second, in a sad way, a murder victim’s pain is over right away. No one can ever hurt them again. But, children who are harmed by a sexual predator never forget. Also, studies show that children who have been sexually abused are more likely to be abused in the future. Killing their attacker might make the child feel safer, knowing that the boogey man can never hurt them again.
Finally, do we really want these people around? The average molestor has ten victims before he ever gets caught. That’s ten children who never get justice.
Let’s hope the US Supreme Court upholds Lousiana’s decision to put this rapist to death and doesn’t decide to put the brakes on a good idea.