DO you believe in death sentence? To blunt the impact of this type of justice in people’s minds, the media uses a politically correct term – capital punishment. But it is just penalty of death.
The Troy Davis case has proven clearly, that people have very serious opinion when it comes to death sentence and it does not seem like there will be a resolution to the years long debate of whether legally killing a human being fit within the code of conduct for our so called civilized society. I have my doubts and fears about this type of justice, but this is a very touchy subject for many, and one that cannot be analyzed lightly.
What is straight forward though, is how we agreed to handle people. The whole purpose of attaching the word civilized to our society is to indicate that we would try our very best to always treat everyone with some basic decency, even if they are incarcerated for a severe crime. Though the penitentiary is not the most welcoming place, we have certain guidelines and protocols on how to treat the inmates. One of the most well known custom in the prison world is that any one who is about to be put to death, will be provided for a last meal.
Texas, which holds the highest number of death penalties in the country – 234 and counting-, wants to stop this final act of mercy too. A democratic Senator, John Whitmire, has called for revoking of this privilege to death row inmates. According to The Houston Press, the senator has said ‘Enough is Enough’ and the Texas Criminal Justice Division agreed. They say that, ‘effective immediately’, they are literally taking away the famed ‘last meal’.
I have no idea how this pops up in to any sane person’s mind, let alone a senator. This should not be costing too much money, and for what its worth, it is not going to make the person change their mind before they seriously hurt someone.
The last meal is simply an act of kindness from society to a person who is in the final moments on his or her life. There are many things that one can ask for when they are facing the inescapable death. Of those many things that are possible, we as people, chose food as the last gift to a person because we know its value. Its the thing that makes the world alive. If you strip off all of mankind’s luxuries, like house, car, clothes and art, the only need that remains is food. Food defined the term ‘basic need’. It is the only thing that every living being will put into its body.
I am not sure what this says about us. Denying this final gift, even to the worst offenders among us, does not say anything good about us for sure. If anything, it somehow makes a heinous act, inhuman.
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