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What would happen if the death penalty was optional for anyone of sound mind facing an extended prison sentence?

Asked by ibstubro (18636points) July 16th, 2014

Anyone judged to be sane that receives a sentence that effectively ends their life.

A 26 year old man facing 45 years in prison.
A 70 year old pedophile facing 20 years.
Anyone facing life without parole.

They could simply ‘call it’ and choose to be put to death in a humane way.

How would it change society?

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