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Many of the people who commit the most heinous crimes want to die.
Why not instead jail them for life, which is cheaper, and arguably a worse punishment than immediately ending their lives? I'd argue that being forced to live the rest of your life in a prison environment, where you are guaranteed to die there, is a more viable option. It's also the lesser of the two evils for the moral qualms associated witht he death penalty.
Your argument is flawed. It assumes that those whites who are not being executed should be, and that is the source of the racial disparity in sentencing. What if those blacks who are being executed shouldn't be, and that is the source of the disparity?
Expanding on a slightly different argument: our system cannot make an infallible judgment. We know it can't, which is why we have so many levels of appeals. Death is the one judgment that cannot be appealed after it's applied. Therefore, we shouldn't apply it.
The death penalty is wrong cause it's wrong. Not because it's racist. Even if we had an infallible system. It's not these things that make it wrong. this is an opinion I know, I just think this all comes down to government sanction by the people of death for people who no longer pose any threat to us is just stupid.
Originally Posted by MrPoon
I'd also be curious to know when the last time someone was convicted and sentenced to death was later found to be innocent. I know it happened a bunch regarding old crimes from the 50s/60s/70s, but since the emergence of advanced forensic procedures I'd be curious to know the numbers nowadays that are being wrongly executed.
yes to people who deserve it by committing murder, Treason, and other forms of disgrace to humanity and to our country.
1. The death penalty is morally wrong, and our country should not engage in morally wrong behavior. I cannot count the number of times I have made this argument in regards to various things our country does.
2. The death penalty as applied by our country is demonstrably biased along racial lines. Unless and until it can be fairly applied, we should not apply it at all.
It seems to me that the first argument can only persuade those who already agree with it. The second points to some facts that a person can hang onto and defend if they change their minds.
Yes---But not lethal injection.
Bring back a much cheaper form of execution. America has a prison problem as is. Execute everybody in for murder, attempted murder, rape, and anything close to gruesome.
Kill all of those bastards and America would save approximately 50 billion. Why keep vicious murderers alive? They've tried to kill-Some succeeded, and they've tried to rape. Why keep those scum alive? Bring back the electric chair and fry them opposed to having tax dollars going to keep them alive and healthy.