It is a deterrent but more importantly justice, I care not for the selfish victims' families who no longer care for justice because they have lost something dear to them. Justice is Justice and must be exercised.
E.G.1 A mass murderer must never be killed but given the most medically advanced (and most painful) form of electro-shock therapy 18hours a day seven days a week for the rest of their life. After having Jaw, Arms and Legs surgically removed of course. Strapped to a bed with mirror on the ceiling to stare into. Feed tube in stomach, permanently, maybe feed psychotropic drugs occasionally.
E.G.2 A man who rapes a newborn for example should be flayed alive to die slowly by exposure to the elements. (Maybe also skullcap and jaw surgically removed first too).
Torture as punishments for extreme crimes would be much more effective than time in prison or hard labor: it dissuades the criminal from trying to do something unlawful again, and people will know what waits for them if they decide to break a law.
In effect, we'd have much less criminal activity in the country, there would be less taxes to pay for prisons, and we'd be living in a much safer society.
Imagine if your daughter was raped. Now imagine that rapist sitting in his jail cell getting three square meals a day and the only consequence for this action is jail time. Most capital punishment cases include endless appeals. Does this seem just? As you are living your life, effected by this pain daily, he sits in jail. Your daughter has to live with this unthinkable action. Don't you think that the criminal would think twice about his action if torture was a punishment? Some may think of torture as cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel punishment should be used for the cruel. I believe this should be used only in cases where criminals have been convicted and proven guilty. The idea of hell rings thoughts of torture for eternity. If that idea is made a reality here on Earth, the level of heinous crimes would significantly decrease. We live in a society that believes a slap on the wrist is all that is needed to deter future behavioral issues.
I believe extreme torture should be administered to those who kill multiple people without any remorse. And only in cases where the murder is identified beyond any doubt. Mass murderers aren't scared of a comfortable life in prison, even if there is an occasional rape by the inmates. But they might think twice about killing innocent people if their punishment is getting their skin ripped off every day and getting their bones smashed to bits, and allowed to heal and repeat for the rest of their lives. If torture can instill fear into these pathetic pieces of crap and dissuade them from committing the crime, then hell yeah, there should be extreme torture as a punishment.
It is as simple is that. They deserve it.
1. It is more cost-effective than prisons.
2. It relieves the grief of the victims and their desire for revenge (assuming THEY can wield the implements of torture).
3. It dissuades those sickos who are not dissuaded by prison.
Bring back torture, please.
Men such as Anders Breivik , James Holmes, and Adam Lanza deserve nothing more than months of excruciating pain for the dozens of innocent lives that they took without remorse. The reasons they have for doing what they did is irrelevant to the pain and suffering they have brought to hundreds of innocent people simply because of their cold hearted actions. Why should the families of those individuals who lost their lives to mad men such as this have to suffer the image of these men essentially smiling as they take the lives of innocent men, women, and children? Torture as a punishment would not only bring closure to the families of these individuals but the mere fact that these men would be ruthlessly tortured for months would make up for the pain they fell knowing that these psychopaths enjoyed taking the lives of their loved ones. The legal system as we know it is completely broken, allowing people who we know without a doubt did these atrocious acts to breath one painless breath after committing such actions is a slap in the face of those who lost their lives in these tragedies as well as a slap in the face to those who will miss the dearly departed. Not only are you slapping these people in the face but then you are pulling down your pants and shitting on their chest as you decide its appropriate to feed and shelter these individuals for life, or the 15 years they will spend on death row. 89% of the people on this website feel as though evil incarnate deserves to be treated as a human, while the sane 11% of this website are forced to watch as you pamper psychopaths like this in prison.
Torture should be used on those who have committed heinous crimes unimaginable by sane individuals. The recent shootings in Connecticut are an example, although this individual committed suicide. Torture sends a clear message to those who choose to commit such heinous acts. I recently read about a woman and man who beat and tortured their 12 year old son who hid their illegal drugs. Bruises were found on this poor boy on 90 percent of his body and they tortured him for over 12 hours. Individuals like this should have some sort of torture reserved for them as well. A stoning pit twice a year for the rest of their physical lives on this planet with jail time for the rest of their lives if they survive the stonings. Torture needs a place in society to make individuals think twice about committing heinous and cowardly acts. If we were a more just and moral society, heinous acts would truly be rare, but sadly we live in a fallen society. Torture should be allowed for those proven beyond any doubt they did something extremely heinous and demented.
I don't think that we should ever punish people in our society. Someone may take that statement, and read it as that I don't believe in jail. That is not true. While punishment is not okay, I do believe that jail is necessary to keep law-abiding citizens safe. When someone commits an offense, they need to be put away, so that they can reflect about how they will be constructive members of society when they get out, instead of detrimental members.
So people like Charles Manson, James Holmes, ect, you think it is right to give these murderers the same type of punishment as a guy who robbed a bank. The death penalty now is a quick and painless shot. Why should we show these "people" mercy if they never showed it to their victims? Sometimes the best lessons have to be learned in blood. Imagine if they murdered your loved ones. Im 99% sure you would want to see them suffer in pain every day. I consider it just as inhumane to comfort murderous monsters as some people consider it inhumane to torture them. Im pretty sure if you made life a lot less merciless for monsters such as Richard Rimerez, Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, ect, I am pretty sure less people like that would exist. Sometimes the best lesson has to be written in red.
What if torture was an effective means to treat psychopaths/killers. Maybe by being the victim of torture just as they tortured others it might trigger sympathy in the killer. Or not just a thought though. I don't like the idea of torture but I don't envy the idea of casting every last lost soul permently into the fires of hell.
Torture is cruel and is never appropriate, period. Torture is not appropriate as a form of punishment. If incarceration is not enough punishment, then the death penalty would be less cruel than torture. Inflicting intense physical pain on another human will not suddenly turn them into happy, productive, peaceful members of society. And, it will not undo any crime that anyone has committed.
Torturing another human being is never a justified form of punishment. We are all born with certain rights just by being human, and that includes freedom from torture at the hands of those like us. Torture is barbaric and outdated, and has no place in today's modern society. There are other more humane forms of punishment available.
If torture were allowed in certain situations, it would become hard to define the lines of when it was okay and when it wasn't. It would give the police too much power to do it too often and abuse that power.
Torture is a dangerous practice, and people react to pain and unpleasantness differently. The use of torture as a form of punishment could easily drive someone who is insane enough already to be even more out of control. Even if the system worked, it would rule through fear. No one who was in charge of deciding who got tortured could be trusted with that power.
Torture cannot be justified. If a child feeling his oats steals a piece of candy do you chop his finger off? If a person lies do we cut there tongues out? No because torture does not always teach lessons. It scars physically and mentally and often will not allow for the natural rehabilitation of a crime. It causes bitterness and anger which in the end will solve nothing.
I do not believe that torture should be administered in any form. During times of war, the majority of those captured are generally low-ranking military personnel who are not the masterminds behind the war. In most instances, once they are tortured by the enemy, many return to their own camp only to be tortured again for being captured. How much torture is enough? Either try and sentence them, or let them go.
It has been shown that torture can lead to false confessions and wrong information when used to interrogate prisoners of war. It is also a violation of ethics to subject someone to things such as electroshock or water-boarding. Standard punishments should fulfill the need to make people pay for their actions without using torture.
Those who want to torture as an added form of punishment miss the point. When we punish someone for a crime, we want to separate them from society while we rehabilitate them enough to re-enter society as a productive citizen. If the prisoner is going to get out of prison at some point, torture will just enrage them while adding nothing to the separation or rehabilitation goals. If not, then what's the point?
Punishment for a crime should always be at least somewhat humane. How are people to be qualified to judge another human being if they have the ability to inflict inhumane consequences on the accused? If they have such an ability, they are no better than the accused. Also, torture cannot be easily measured or standardized as well as other methods of punishment, so it would be difficult to exact this type of punishment fairly.
I do not believe torture can be justified as an added form of punishment. Torture is inhumane, and can be considered cruel and unusual punishment. This amendment was added for a reason, so justifying torture as another form of punishment goes against the Constitution. Even in the most violent and sadistic of cases, allowing torture on a government level is stepping down to a criminal's level.
Torture can't be justified as an added form of punishment because it is not punishment it is torture. Torture is an inhumane form of conduct. Corporal punishment would be a better alternative to consider as an added form of punishment. The problem is that we are having a problem deterring crime because we enforce our methods of punishment very unevenly in this country. In our courts a murderer might get a few years and a bank robber might get life and a rapist might get probation. Until we evenly and swiftly administer punishment when people are convicted of crimes we will struggle to deter crime.
Using torture as a form of punishment is unacceptable. This country cannot stoop to the level of the barbaric actions of other countries; we cannot torture. Not as a form of punishment, not to try to extract information, not for any reason. There is no way to justify this; there is no way to rationalize this. It is indefensible.
Torture is never a good thing to use as a punishment for crime. There is nothing someone could do to warrant punishment being acceptable. It is inhumane to do this to someone and unfair. If we started torturing people for crimes committed things would get way out of control and would not be able to be handled.
Research has shown that information obtained through torture is at best inaccurate and at worst intentionally misleading. Individuals are often willing to say whatever you want to hear under adverse circumstances. Torture is something we should not be engaging in. It lowers us to the levels of the terrorists and doesn't provide accurate information.
Torture should never be considered an acceptable punishment to be given out to criminals. No matter how heinous the crime, torture degrades the person administering it and the society that allowed it. Torture teaches that people are not really human and, therefore, deserve anything they get. That is a very destructive path to go down.
Punishment is a type of discipline only, and torture is merely cruel. There are different forms of punishment, ranging from a stern talking-to, to a spanking. Torture is just a way to be cruel to a person, to demean a person, and should never be used on a person.
Torture is not only abusive towards those who suffer it, but it also dehumanizes those whose job it is to administer it. There are no benefits to torture, and there are alternative methods of punishment that do not have the same dehumanizing effects on victims and perpetrators that should be preferred.