"But we, as taxpayers, would still have to foot a hefty bill--especially as so many crimes these days could likely qualify for "life"."

Not if they were made to work and provide a service for the country. They would be paying for their stay.

"Both long-term warehouseing of criminals and putting people to death are horrid options."

Warehousing isn't a nice option, but that's the whole point. It's such an unpleasant thought that it would make a great deterrant.

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