In Frederick, the MS-13 killed a person after getting a call from El Salvador. In Maryland, we don’t have the death penalty as it was removed in 2013. Since these two-dozen gang members are being tried federally, the death penalty (is thankfully) available. While the dignity of the human person is to be paramount, the issue is whether a society should be able to remove someone’s free-will to commit murder even if it means imposing solitary confinement and/or capital punishment.
I’m not saying that we should seek vengeance via the death penalty but because our culture is opposed to life imprisonment in solitary confinement (or by any other means that prevents outside communication when necessary) that the death penalty is the only acceptable punishment. That said, it’s extremely unfortunate that the death penalty is abused and used way too often when life imprisonment is sufficient.
Thus, it is a misnomer, for there to be the absence of a death penalty in the developing world and / or the developed world. If the affiliates can call up someone in El Salvador, those same affiliates can call up someone in prison to carry out the crimes. I also think the US Marshals should go into El Salvador and kidnap anyone involved in this murder. They should be charged as enemy-combatants and since they were neither US Citizens nor were they on US soil, they shouldn’t be entitled to civilian trial.