What is this magical solution that eludes us?
don't kill innocent people. actually just don't kill people. reform and restructure the prison system, placing heavy emphasis on rehabilitation. protect inmates from rape. stop treating rape as the punchline to a joke. provide inmates access to quality healthcare. test inmates for HIV at admission, while in custody, and upon release. acknowledge that, while the prison population may suffer from a higher rate of HIV than the general population, the state's treatment of a murderer is by no means limited to death or AIDS.
in what universe is an alternative to killing people or infecting people with AIDS a "magical solution that eludes us"? we haven't completely handed the prison population over to the private sector.