Somebody asks:

“When you say that you find the death penalty “utterly unnecessary,” does that mean that it is “necessary” to keep the criminal from harming others?”

I’m saying, “I don’t think it necessary to kill the criminal to punish him adequately.” Since I think mercy is preferable to execution and since I think prison security in the First World is such that a heinous criminal can be kept from doing further harm without being executed, I think we should prefer to spare the criminal’s life. I am not absolutely opposed to the Death Penalty. In situations where the criminal poses an ongoing threat to innocent people, he should be executed (presuming his crime was worthy of the death penalty, of course). More on this later.