News Dept. of Unintended Consequences
posted by April 8 at 8:35 AMon
The death penalty for child rape? Hm. I’m generally against the death penalty, but I’d pull the switch myself on—or stick the needle into—anyone that harmed raped my kid. The Supreme Court is about to hear a case out of Louisiana, which permits the death penalty for child rape. As with most death penalty cases, the emotional appeal of the death penalty is outweighed by the social costs—in this instance, the likelihood that fewer people would report child rape cases if they knew the penalty was death. From USA Today:
Several states, including Missouri, have signaled that if the court permits the death penalty for child rape in Louisiana, they may try to enact such laws. Five states already plainly allow capital punishment for raping young children. Social workers warn that if the court sanctions the penalty for child rape, it could further discourage reporting of the crime because in the majority of child sexual assaults, the attacker is a relative or friend of the victim.