A few days ago, I put up an entry about a previously convicted killer serving LWOP who knifed to death a prison guard. The next day, the story was picked up by Sentencing Law and Policy, a popular legal blog. SL&P, although center-left in its orientation, noted that a case of that sort makes it very problematic categorically to oppose the death penalty.
The story generated (so far) 68 comments, which is a very large number by the standards of that blog. A dozen abolitionists chimed in. I repeatedly asked them the following question:
"What punishment, short of the death penalty, do you suggest for this case that is (1) consistent with the Eighth Amendment, (2) likely to deter LWOP inmates from murder, and (3) proportionate to the offense?"
I first posed the question five days ago. Most readers of C&C will not be surprised to learn that, through all 68 comments, not a single abolitionist has answered it.
The reason is not that hard to figure out. They don't have an answer.
So in what condition does that leave abolitionism today?