No one should have to die an 'unnatural death' like from hate or murder. Self defense is something else. you have the right to defend your body but keep in mind while doing so, to try not to kill your attacker unless otherwise unavoidable. KEEP them locked up(the murderers, the rapists). Lock them up for the rest of their lives.. this will force people to do good. Kill or rape someone, you go to prison forever. Things got to change if there going to get better, this can help prevent future rapes/murders as people will know whats at stake if they are caught. I would say no death penalty, no eye for eye, just keep them alive, giving them basics, water,enough food to survive. Just because there is evil in their mind doesn't mean we should treat another human like an 'animal'. I really don't know what I would have them do in prison, but making material products for the rest of us seems like a good punishment. If your not going to spread the LOVE, then you can at least be forced into working some hours during the day. Not just laying back wasting your lives doing nothing but exercise in prison. Now giving them books or knowledge to expand their minds... not sure about that one, why let a murderer/rapist use our knowledge base. But, no i wouldnt trust releasing a murderer back to the streets, once someone has taken anothers life they dont deserve freedom.