Originally Posted by Boston Red
Deterrence certainly IS part of the goal of the justice system, so he should be held out to show that you will be given a nice, long time in jail to think about your actions if you punch someone and kill them. I think a dozen years seems about right. He'd still be under 30 when he gets out. Not a bad deal for killing someone, really.
Deterrance relies upon the idea that a person is making rational decisions.
When a person is acting in a way that we as a society have deemed criminal, he's often NOT acting rationally. He's not thinking "Wow, player x got life in prison for punching a ref so I'm not going to punch this one."
I mean, is the ONLY reason anyone here doesn't go out on a murdering spree because you might face life in prison or even the death penalty? Or are there many other overriding factors that help you understand that taking a life is a very bad thing to do?