Someone sentenced with death should not have to wait for death. Nor should society have to continue to pay to keep that person alive. A death sentence should be carried out immediately. That is the consequence of a death sentence. If a person, sentenced with death, sits in a cell for 20+ years, what was the point of the death sentence?
What if that person gets released on good behavior? That person now goes out into society and is a walking time bomb. What do others in society learn from this? They can go to prison, do some time, get free room and board, and then go out to wreak so more havoc. If a death sentence is carried out immediately, the lesson is learned by others in society that if they do something worthy of the death sentence there will be no reprieve.
Give the person a week to get his affairs in order, say goodbye to the world, and ponder his actions. Then send him off. If someone has earned the death sentence, let him have it. Use the space and money for rehabilitating other citizens.
In fact, I think that perhaps the death sentence to be given to far more criminals that it is current given to. Perhaps pedophiles and drunk drivers who kill someone while intoxicated should also be deserving of death.
What are your thoughts on this topic?