A Smithville woman believes those who are convicted of murder and rape against children should face immediate castration and in some cases be executed within 30 days of their conviction.
Donna Roesle is planning to take her harsh sentences recommendation to Missouri lawmakers. She has even started a petition along with her daughter on change.org.
So far, 12,000 people have signed it and 14,000 support it.
Roesle owns a salon school in Smithville and said she started going door-to-door after hearing the tragedy of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, who was kidnapped and murdered last week in Springfield.
She is horrified by the crimes against innocent youngsters.
"Sometimes they get out on good behavior, then walk the streets again. We just feel like instead of spending all of our money letting them sit in prison, roof over their heads, food ... within 30 days, try to get them executed," Roesle said.
Roesle is asking for surgical castration in Missouri.
At least nine states allow chemical castration for repeat sex offenders.
It would be extremely unlikely that the effort to execute someone within 30 days of their conviction would pass because of the U.S. Constitution's due-process guarantee, and appeals can't be heard within a month.
Roesle said she knows her proposal is harsh.
"I think it's severe and I know most people don't like to talk about it, but you hear it behind closed doors," she said, adding she wants to take the conversation into the open.
Her daughter, Jennifer Kerber, says the harsh punishments would be a deterrent and would help residents.
"To make it feel like the state is a little safer place, that would put me at ease," Kerber said.
Dennis Fritz was wrongfully convicted, and he believes immediate execution or castration would be problematic. He spent 12 years in Oklahoma for a rape and murder he didn't commit.
"I came within one vote of getting the death penalty," Fritz said.
He said killing a child is the worst thing.
"Even the inmates don't like that. They hate that too," he said. "On the other side of that, we all have our right to a fair trial."
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