Speak Out: Death penalty debate

Readers reacted to a recent letter by Kristin Froehlich headlined “No to death penalty reinstatement.”

• It’s not a deterrent cause we don’t use it! We give the criminal 25 years of appeals! While locked up, they get three meals, a bed, TV, internet, iPads and free schooling! Let’s turn prison back into prison! It’s not supposed to be a state-funded hotel stay! — Dean Grabowski

• As I said in my letter, “Wilmington was called Murdertown USA and law enforcement officers were killed in Delaware while the death penalty was active.” — Kristin Froehlich

• I’m not sure why it’s supposed to be a deterrent. It’s a punishment. People kill other people and they aren’t deterred by whatever might happen to them. People steal and aren’t deterred by the chance of losing their freedom. People are going to do whatever they want. A society only stays in balance by punishing those who choose to not follow the basic rules of society. A 5-year-old needs correcting when he does something he’s not supposed to do. A 25-year-old who shoots a store clerk doesn’t need correcting. — Christopher Foxwell

• Society is too soft on criminals. If you murder someone or commit a horrible crime, there should be real consequences like the death penalty. Problem has been they don’t get sentenced and then the sentence carried out. Why all the years on death row? Why pay to support murderers who are worthless to society or child rapists? — Freda Barrett

• The possibility of being put to death does not deter many, if anyone, from taking the life of another. Those who commit premeditated murder do not plan on being caught. Those who kill during the commission of another crime did not plan on taking a life or being caught. — John McCarthy

• Kristen, I can only imagine the trauma you’ve endured and you have my sympathies. However, I can never understand the logic you use. Our most recent justification here in Delaware is in the DCC slaughter of a guard. Society, rather than victims’ families should be the issue. The false narrative that lifelong incarceration is less expensive than execution is ludicrous. You nor anyone else can prove a negative. The threat of being put to death instead of living a natural life in prison simply has to be a deterrent. This is especially true today when, by law, the most heinous killer must be given the possibility of parole. Society owes a debt to victims who have had their “parole” on life extinguished. As I’m sympathetic to you, I can’t imagine the bitterness and unfairness of seeing a victim’s killer die of old age in prison or walking the streets after parole. — George Roof

• Kristin Froehlich I agree with you in part. DOC should have implemented more of the recommendations. However, the public fails to realize something — as law enforcement officers, what laws are changed on the outside affects what we do on the inside. There were a few inmates that were kept in maximum security for a reason. They would do harm to staff or other inmates if put out in general population. Steven Floyd would have been alive today. Because of the laws that changed, we had to rehouse these inmates out of max. They waited and watched and planned. — Guy Fowler

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