When someone commits a serious crime in America, the death penalty is an option. While most other first world countries abolished it already, we didn't. Personally, with the death penalty I'm on and off with supporting it or not. On one hand, this person committed a serious crime, why should our society have to support him? And if he didn't get life in prison, he would be let out of jail sometime later and most likely commit such crimes again. On the other hand, in the long run, the death penalty actually costs more than life in prison (I really don't understand why, but it supposedly does). And who are we to kill someone? What if this person wasn't actually guilty and we killed him in vain? There have been times where people have been let out of jail because more evidence was found in their favor proving them innocent. So what I'm suggesting might seem a little radical, and it probably is but I'd like to hear what you think. Instead of life in prison sentences or the death penalty, how about banishment? If someone commits a serious crime, they are no longer protected by our society and can no longer take part of it. The collective will not support them anymore, but we won't prison you and they won't kill you. What exactly does this entail? Find some island in the middle of the ocean, somewhere far away from any civilized land mass and put the criminals there to survive for themselves. There would also be a no fly zone around the island and not allow any unauthorized planes to fly through. I think this would be a good solution because while we aren't killing them, we aren't supporting them either. Note that this wouldn't apply to any prison sentence other than life. I.e. if you would be sentenced to 20 years in jail, you would go to jail, not be banished. Thoughts? And if you think this is a stupid idea say why, don't just say it's stupid.