How to improve the criminal courts especially in regards to the death penalty

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  1. Toronado3800
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    In general I believe our court system gets it right. It makes the news when a rapist is released after xx years or an executed inmate is exonerated.

    Could the system be made better? Yes. For one I'd let random governors view appeals from other states. Just another bit of randomness thrown in to make possible group think hatred of any minority or "type of person" less likely.

    Other ideas???
     
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    Oh and good lord. Pay jurors better so they're less likely to want to go home quickly!
     
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    I would never serve on a jury that could result in the death penalty.

    I am proud that the UK will not allow extradition of a criminal to a country that may use the death penalty in his/her case.

    Abolish state sanctioned murder is my suggestion .
     
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    What do you do with a convict that starts murdering people in jail?
     
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    Assuming the death penalty is not an option, solitary confinement.
     
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    we use the due process of the Law as any civilized nation would.

    On average over the last 10 yrs the average number of murders per yr is between 500 to 600.

    We have about 65000 people in prison at present.

    The UK has a population of around 60 million people
     
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    I have never met a juror who wanted to go home early because of the pay scale. Most jurors, regardless of the size of the size of the case, take their task very seriously.
     
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    In NJ we dumped the death penalty. The court system became just too cumbersome with endless appeals eventually ending in the guy getting life anyway.
    I'm just as happy with an initial life without parole sentence. Try him, convict him, then forget about him for the rest of his life as he rots away. With the death penalty, these guys got to be front page news every few years as they filed appeals and got retrials
     
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    Hold prosecutors accountable; a frequent tactics used by prosecutors is to compartmentalize information so they receive only that which would point toward the defendant's guilt. They have no desire to be presented with data which would exonerate the accused as hat would hurt their conviction ratio.
    But if a prosecutor could get the same penalty as the defendant in a case where they grossly abused their position to "get a conviction" they might shy away from such unscrupulous tactics.
     
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    Nice idea. A reminder teh court system isn't about winning or losing just getting it right.
     

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