Somehow tonight's discussion on Doctor-Prescribed Suicide turned into a discussion on Capital Punishment. Massachusetts will have a referendum this November on Assisted Suicide; that's what the topic was.
My "cloistered brothers" weren't that interested in legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. The discussion segued into capital punishment. Most of them felt that capital punishment was the easy way out. If they were facing a life sentence with no chance of parole, and all appeals had been exhausted, then they would prefer to commit suicide. The electric chair, the guillotine, lethal injection, whatever, as long as it were quick, would be better than living in prison.
The loss of hope would be death. Living a long life in prison would be tortuous. IOW, sentenced to life without parole was a worse death than the electric chair.