Academics hold strong anti-death penalty sentiments...for a variety of reasons. Some have earnest hearts and simply believe it wrong to take a life. I can respect this position.
Others, however, don’t approve because they think it too punitive and they see supporters of the penalty as barbarians.
Still others simply refuse to see the harm that offenders do, the hurt they create, and the void they leave behind. After all, criminology really cares about thugs but not so much about their victims.
Watch this video. A man who murdered 3 women--yes, 3 women--sneered and laughed at one of the victims fathers as the man spoke to the court.
He will wait 20 years or longer for the sentence to be carried out.......if ever it will be. And we call this justice.
John Paul Wright and Matt DeLisi
Professors of Crime and Criminology