PDaddy wrote: Terrorists, child molesters and serial killers get no pass, but I believe the rest can, to varying degrees, be rehabed.
I undestand why one would believe that child molesters and serial killers are unable to be rehabilitated (if one thinks that they're pathological conditions) but the inclusion of terrorism strikes me as odd. Terrorism is usually motivated by religion or politics. An individual's religious and political beliefs can clearly change over their lifetime and the underlying sociopolitical factors that incited the terrorist act can also change.
Now, I don't think that major terrorists who kill folk should ever be out walking the streets, but I'm perfectly wiling to believe that some terrorists (and again, I'm not talking about the 9/11 folk here), like some murderers and some bank robbers, can be rehabilitated and, after they have been suitably punished for their crime, can become productive members of society. It all depends on the context.