This is a rather touchy subject. I am for forced labor and death penalties but then you have to thino of the potential collateral consequences. As there are more and more private prisons that put inmates to use through cheap labor it gives the prison owners incentive to increase the sentence of punishable offenses and what was a three months prison sentence is now three years. With capitol punishment there is always the problem of a falsely accused person. There are multiple cases of falsely accused committed inmates who have been on death row and several who were executed for a crime they did not commit. What aught to be done is to make prisons self sufficient facilities as they once were. Rather than profitting off of the labor force use them to support their own incarceration. It would relieve the monetary burden on the tax payer and avoid the incentive to use them for profit.
- Private prisons can be eliminated, since they could indeed be a problem. Trying to make profit out of forced labor could create a rather powerful lobby which would be able to affect the legislation process. But nobody said that they can't be kept in bay or even delegalized. In my opinion, such serious matters should be handled by the government and administration, since one of the advantages of state institutions is that they don't provide opportunities to focus the market in hands of one person/group of lobbyists.
- As for wrongly accused people: It's true, BUT the problem doesn't depend on the severeness of punishment, or even any part of it. Many people are wrongly accused nowadays, and the numbers won't go up along with the changes. It's completely other thing. And saying that killing innocent men is immoral- so is putting them on a life sentence.