Against OR For : The death penalty?
Im for it.
- El GuapoLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Against. I live in Texas, and I supported capital punishment for a long time, but the more I learned about it, the more I came to oppose it. In the end, several factors changed my mind:
1. By far the most compelling is this: Sometimes the legal system gets it wrong. In the last 35 years in the U.S., 130 people have been released from death row because they were exonerated by DNA evidence. These are ALL people who were found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Unfortunately, DNA evidence is not available in most cases. So, as long as the death penalty is in place, you are pretty much GUARANTEED to occasionally execute an innocent person.
Really, that should be reason enough for most people to oppose it. If you need more, read on:
2. Cost: Because of higher pre-trial expenses, longer trials, jury sequestration, extra expenses associated with prosecuting & defending a DP case, and the appeals process (which is necessary - see reason #1), it costs taxpayers MUCH more to execute prisoners than to imprison them for life.
3. The deterrent effect is questionable at best. Violent crime rates are actually HIGHER in death penalty jurisdictions. This may seem counterintuitive, and there are many theories about why this is (Ted Bundy saw it as a challenge, so he chose Florida – the most active execution state at the time – to carry out his final murder spree). It is probably due, at least in part, to the high cost (see #2), which drains resources from police departments, drug treatment programs, education, and other government services that help prevent crime. Personally, I think it also has to do with the hypocrisy of taking a stand against murder…by killing people. The government fosters a culture of violence by saying, ‘do as I say, not as I do.’
4. There’s also an argument to be made that death is too good for the worst criminals. Let them wake up and go to bed every day of their lives in a prison cell, and think about the freedom they DON’T have, until they rot of old age. When Ted Bundy was finally arrested in 1978, he told the police officer, “I wish you had killed me.” Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (the architect of the 9/11 attacks) would love nothing better than to be put to death. In his words, "I have been looking to be a martyr [for a] long time."
5. Most governments are supposed to be secular, but for those who invoke Christian law in this debate, you can find arguments both for AND against the death penalty in the Bible. The New Testament (starring Jesus) is primarily ANTI-death penalty. For example, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus praises mercy (Matthew 5:7) and rejects “an eye for an eye” (Matthew 5:38-39). James 4:12 says that GOD is the only one who can take a life in the name of justice. In John 8:7, Jesus himself says, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
- DuckyLv 71 decade ago
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- Susan SLv 71 decade ago
I've gone back and forth on this most of my life, and finally decided to look at the death penalty system in action. A lot of what I found surprised and disturbed me.
Most disturbing is that innocent people have been sentenced to death. Lots of them. 130 people wrongfully convicted people were sentenced to death and were lucky to be exonerated and released, eventually. DNA, available in less than 10% of all homicides, can’t guarantee we won’t execute innocent people. Obviously, if someone is convicted and later found innocent you can release him from prison, but not from the grave.
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- 1 decade ago
I'm for it... well, partially. I think that if you murder someone intentionally that you should be put to death in the same way as the people you killed, or at least be put to death by suffering an equal amount of pain to those victims. Some exceptions probably apply though.
- SouthdownLv 51 decade ago
I wouldn't like some innocent person to die by a wrongful verdict.
So i'm against it.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
I'm for it. Because put yourself in the murder victim's family's shoes... Someone just capped your son or daughter. You wouldn't want to see the perpetrator live, would you? You'd want him killed for his actions - and you'd probably want to do the deed yourself.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
it reduces costs for taxpayers and if it was widely used then maybe someone that wants to commit a rape or a murder would think twice.
- agoodgirl_msjLv 61 decade ago
I believe an eye for an eye!!
Love, xoxo agoodgirl_msj
- Boise BrettLv 71 decade ago
For it, but only in First degree murder and other super serious crimesSource(s): You've been... THUNDERSTRUCK!