What is the Buddhist stance regarding punishment of particularly serious offenses? I'm talking about rapists, murderers, mass killers, etc.
I understand each case should be analysed carefully but, while the death penalty is definitively **out **of the charts, what about life in prison with the possibility of parole and strict revision? Is that anti-Buddha?
I wonder what you, scripture or your sanghas have said/believe regarding this topic.
I've recently spoken to a friend about the problem we face in Spain of women being murdered / raped by their husbands, boyfriends, or other people; and I said that they should face long sentences and he perceived this as anti-Buddhist.
While I feel certain aversion towards them, as my position (Psychologist), I might be working in prisons and even rehabilition, following the route of Kobutsu Malone.
To what extent is locking someone for decades / their entire life acceptable and ethical according to Buddhism?
What about 30 years? 15? How do we measure that? It is true that all sentient beings need to be saved, but these have being not very good to the others to the point of creating a distress that perhaps the most beneficial solution is to keep them away for some time.