**the following is satirical, and is not meant to be taken as a serious recommendation**
Our criminal justice system has for a long time stood as a shining example of equality, and due process. However, there remains one important aspect of this “justice” that is tempering our ability as a country to mediate crime, and maintain civility in our society. This aspect is the death sentence. Historically, cultures have always used the death sentence to regulate criminal behavior. It is only in our modern day where hippies roam freely, and fads like social justice, and racial equality run rampantly through the minds of our citizens that this necessary measure has been put on a back burner. Each year, fewer and fewer people are being killed by our government which in turn is sending out a message to all those closet criminals who had previously been living in fear of having their heads lopped off. In light of this I would like to make a modest proposal. I propose that we use a justice system that provides only two options. People should either be killed, or released. If a criminal is judged by over half of a jury to be guilty, they should receive the death sentence. If not they should be let free. This will not only create a strong deterrent against criminal behavior, but also completely eliminate the need for our costly, overcrowded prison system. It is evident my friends, that something must be done. America has been called many things over the years, let us not allow “soft” to be added to the list.