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124
Death penalty Life in jail
Debate Score:234
Arguments:116
Total Votes:266
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Death penalty or life in prison?

Pretty simple concept 

Lets here what you think

Death penalty

Side Score: 110
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Life in jail

Side Score: 124
4 points

I'd totally go for the death penalty. But, lets be reasonable about this. If I die, I want to go out by firing squad.

Side: Death Penalty
4 points

We dont have any problem killing innocent unborn babys, why not a serial killer. Its cheaper, more efficant, and uses less resources overall. You know prisoners have a higher standing of living then most US citizens, expecially the poor, they have free heathcare, free meals, free clothing, a shelter, some federal penetaries they have TVs, free entertainment, usually a job, even if it pays you 25 cence an hour.

Side: Death Penalty
DaWolfman(3319) Disputed
3 points

So I'm guessing you're a conservative that is pro-life? ;)

I wasn't asking whether or not we should abolish one you conservative fool, I was asking which one you would rather. Conservatives they never learn...

Side: Life in jail
3 points

It really depends on the situation. Not every offense should get the death penalty. However, if a man murders somebody in the first degree, having thought about it and carried out the act, I see the death penalty as the ultimate punishment: "an eye for an eye..." If that man values life so little as to take the life of another, why should he have that precious gift?

Side: Death Penalty
rocknwow(77) Disputed
5 points

If that man values life so little as to take the life of another, why should he have that precious gift?

I would agree but out judicial system is based on preserving a persons rights. Imagine if I find evidence that proves your guilt and I got it illegally, i.e. no warrant, that evidence is thrown out and you could be set free even though guilty. That's because I violated your rights.

Killing a person is the ultimate violation of their rights; one you cannot correct if you make a mistake.

Side: Life in jail
4 points

What about people we do have proof for? what about saddam?

were you against his execution?

& what about people like charles mansion? do you think people like him deserve to live forever?

Side: Death Penalty
clanis Disputed
4 points

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Who has the right to take the gift away? Only God. A man should be punished for taking that gift from someone, but death? More death doesn't bring life.

Side: Life in jail
jnj28(11) Disputed
2 points

God specifically gives the government permission to punish murderers by death. Read ur Bible lately?

Side: Death Penalty

I don't want my tax money supporting his ass while he works out, watches TV and God knows what else. But if my tax money is going to support his ass while he gets reamed, well now...., that's a different story...., ain't it :)

Side: Death Penalty
Pineapple(1448) Disputed
4 points

With the cost of appeals and public defenders and court time, it actually works out to be more expensive to put someone to death, than to sentence them to life.

(in most cases)

Side: Life in jail

All you have to do is make it illegal to get an appeal and be done with it. If you're sentenced to death, it gets carried out right away.

Side: Death Penalty
ledhead818(636) Disputed
3 points

That is a horribly barbaric thing to say. If you really think it's okay for convicts to be raped, I honestly feel bad for your lack of humanity. Even we know for a fact someone murdered someone which is impossible, that is still totally unacceptable for something like that to occur. Furthermore we don't know for a fact that the people who are convicted are guilty. How would you feel if you were in prison for a crime you didn't commit and you were raped?

Side: Life in jail
6 points

Well raping & killing innocent children is horrible.

If you think it is okay to take tax money from good hard working people & waste it on keeping child killing pedophiles alive forever then I feel bad for your lack of intelligence.

Well what if we do have proof that pedophile raped & killed those innocent kids?

should we waste our tax money keeping them alive forever?

how would you feel if I raped & killed 1 of your kids then we started taking all your money you worked hard for keeping me alive forever?

Side: Death Penalty
cavemans Disputed
3 points

Thats just as bad as murder! Its like paying someone to murder someone else. Did you do the murder NO but your associated with it. The way I see it people who murder shouldn't be sentenced to death or spend life in the jails we have here there to nice. The prison should be one of those high security no TV nothing fun type of prisons.

Side: Life in jail
3 points

The problem, people, is... the criminal system never catches the real criminal.

It's true isn;t it?

Side: Death Penalty
3 points

there is an overpopulation of inmates in our jails in the united states.

Side: Life in jail
3 points

why would you want to keep them in prison for life using your well earned taxes to support them, if they are convicted of a serious enough crime and there is enough evidence against them and there's no reason of doubt then yup death penalty simple

Side: Death Penalty
3 points

Only if there is legit proof that the accused is the murderer, the penalty shall be used. Hammurabi Code, an eye for an eye, leg for a leg, a life for a life. Dont wanna end up dead dont kill.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

As the bible says "an eye for an eye" will a murder, we should execute them humanly.

Side: Death Penalty
ledhead818(636) Disputed
4 points

The bible should not be a source for US law. There is a little thing called the Establishment Clause in the Constitution.

Side: Life in jail
3 points

I agree that religion should be kept out of the government but I don't think we should be wasting our tax money keeping child killing pedophiles alive forever.

Side: Death Penalty
sabishek(58) Disputed
3 points

But Ghandi says "an eye for an eye" will make the whole world blind.

Side: Life in jail
3 points

Who cares if Ghandi said that?

we should not be wasting our tax money keeping these child killing pedophiles alive.

Side: Death Penalty

This is so unfair! Why do victims lose lives and the killers, the people who deserve to lose life don't?! Of course there must be exceptions. Those that killed less than 3 people without other crimes not die. Those that sell secrets to an enemy country must die. People who killed less than 7/8 people with families must not die. Those that kill children are closer to death penalty although he/she deserves to live. Only adults.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

I'd rather be put to death than sit in a jail cell and rot for the rest of my life.

But i also believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

Death penalty are given to those who have comitted a very serious crime. i believe that the government won't give a death sentence to a random person. so why let those 'evil' on the street to let them do the same mistake over again or putting them into a jail their whole life-long that will takes a large number of the government's tax? thus, it is much better to put them into a death row, and it's also much more better for them rather than letting them suffer by spending the rest of their time in prison.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

um, hate to be the voice of reason, but, why waste my tax money feeding, housing,clothing, and guarding dangerous criminals such as murderers or rapists, when one bullet will punish them all the same!

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

death sentence are given to those who have comitted a very serious crime. i believe that the government won't give death sentence to a random person. death sentence are only for intentionally kill, it is not for accidental kill

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

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Side: Death Penalty
1 point

I agree with the death penalty, but only in specific cases where the person has committed very serious crimes, there are now many ways for a person to be released from prison after having committed horrible things and are likely to return to Commit the same crimes, these people the only thing they do is evil to humanity do not contribute anything good and it is true that we all have the right to life, but if someone who killed many people he did not respect the rights of victims, only did. So, why does he deserve to be respected his right to live? In addition, I think there is a stimulus not to commit such crimes, people seeing that it will have huge consequences, it will be more likely to avoid certain crimes because they know that it can cost them life. The biggest challenge facing countries where the death penalty is to be practiced is that they must maintain their transparency, avoid irregularities in law enforcement and injustice, I think those countries should be supervised by large organizations to be As fair as possible since they are deciding on the life of a person and should not allow any mistake.

Side: Death penalty
6 points

If there was a guaranteed way to determine guilt I would be in favor of the death penalty. The problem is that we make mistakes all the time. Any justice system is flawed. People are wrongly accused all the time and set free as new evidence comes to light.

How do you give a man back his life; if you've made a mistake?

Side: Life in jail
3 points

Well I am just as against executing innocent people as you but if we have proof they raped & killed those innocent kids then we should not waste any of our tax money on them.

Side: Death Penalty
rocknwow(77) Disputed
1 point

When has proof ever been guaranteed? There have been cases of positive ID, airtight evidence and new evidence has completely exonerated them. The point is that if you make a mistake there is no way you can ever take it back.

This alone is all you need to invalidate any argument in favor of the death penalty.

But I do have more.

Side: Life in jail
4 points

I would like to say "Life outside of Society", but this is close enough.

Laws, being created by man, only seek to punish people for acting out in a way that is commonly seen as disruptive. If a man murders another, which I believe to be the greatest crime, expel him but don't commit the same crime against him. It's an ultimate hypocrisy, for the state to kill a man because he broke a law that exists to save people from being killed by other men... The only difference being, one man deciding to kill another, and many men deciding to kill another.

What's the difference between many people killing one or more people, and one man killing one or more people? There is no difference, the point is, a man's life however worthless it is to you or however tainted, is still a life. No one asks a murderer if killing a person for wearing pink feels like killing a person that has killed another... It may be equally as justified.

My point is, that it's not that the man deserves to die, but it's that the man simply broke a societal contract.

Unfortunately we cannot send our murders and rapists (whatever they are) to another planet... We have to keep them in prisons.

Hrm, but what's the use in paying taxes to a man that doesn't live by our societal standards... Doesn't that create a bigger problem?

(I'm drinking, sorry)

Side: Life in jail
3 points

What's the difference between many people killing one or more people, and one man killing one or more people?

11. 12 if you count the judge.

Side: Life in jail
Bibi(31) Clarified
1 point

Anyone can understand it in their own way. For some people death penalty is better than life in prison, who are respect their freedom and who are consider that it is better to die than someone to judge them. But there persons for whom are life is more expensive, someone have families or someone can have a plan for prison break...

Side: Death penalty
4 points

Difficult debate. Felt inclined to point out two things. As to the issue of guilt/innocence...innocent persons have been put to death in the U.S. However, the state(s) that did so believed (i.e. "knew") that they were guilty. Come to think of it, at one time, we "knew" the world was flat. One innocent person killed by the state is one too many if it is not a full-proof system.

To the issue of cost...Urban Institute completed a study (Life in prison vs. DP) for the state of Maryland. Findings: cost of DP (trial, attorney costs, investigator costs, mitigation specialists, expert witnesses, etc) is substaintially more than life in prison. With the appellate process as it is, it takes years and years, and much money to go from Grand Jury Indictment to needle. Several other states including Kentucky (cannot think of the others off the top of my head) have had the same study completed with the same results. Virginia...has not had the study done as of yet.

Side: Life in jail
rocknwow(77) Disputed
2 points

So why is this a difficult debate? You added two things to support life in prison???

Side: Death Penalty
Stylz(18) Disputed
2 points

I think it is a difficult debate regardless of the two things I added to support life in prison. With all the facts and how they look on paper, to me, its a struggle b/w the facts and the thought of being a victim or having someone close to me be a victim. Its easy for me to sit back and support this or that. But then I think, "what if i had a young daughter who was raped and killed...what if my mother was tortured and killed?" I tend to think that my initial reaction would be to kill the person who did this. I only hope after time that I would be able to make a smart and rational decision...as hard as that would be.

Side: Death Penalty
3 points

Thou shalt not kill. Not, "thou shalt not kill innocent people only."

Side: Life in jail
rocknwow(77) Disputed
5 points

How ridiculous to quote from a God that has killed millions.

Side: Life in jail
Ledfoot(133) Disputed
1 point

God works in myseterious ways. Are you saying he is wronged?

Side: Life in jail
Brandyboo(10) Disputed
5 points

While the Bible says, "Thall shalt not kill," it also says that, "Who so sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." That is Genesis 9:6. But that is the only time a pro-death verse is in the Bible right? Wait, no. Check Romans 13:1-4. And Revelations 13:10. And Acts 25:11. And God even says He will smite those who do not use the death penalty. Deuteronomy 19:11-13. Before you quote the Bible, do your research.

http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/punish.html

Or just check the Bible.

Side: Death Penalty
Brandyboo(10) Disputed
3 points

While the Bible says, "Thall shalt not kill," it also says that, "Who so sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." That is Genesis 9:6. But that is the only time a pro-death verse is in the Bible right? Wait, no. Check Romans 13:1-4. And Revelations 13:10. And Acts 25:11. And God even says He will smite those who do not use the death penalty. Deuteronomy 19:11-13. Before you quote the Bible, do your research.

[http://www.biblebelievers.com/jmelton/punish.html]

Or just read the Bible.

Side: Death Penalty
2 points

Those guys raped & killed innocent kids!

We shouldn't be wasting our tax money on them!

Side: Death Penalty
Ledfoot(133) Disputed
2 points

so that makes it right to disobey God. an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

Side: Life in jail
Pineapple(1448) Disputed
1 point

Again, I'd like to point out that God really doesn't have much of a place in our Law.

Please and thank you.

Side: Life in jail

The death penalty, in my opinion is rather harsh. This debate has been brought up so many times it makes my head spin. A life in prison is a better one than none at all.

Side: Life in jail
0 points

Well what those pedophiles did was harsh. They raped & killed innocent children.

We shouldn't be wasting our money keeping those bastards alive.

Side: Death Penalty
DaWolfman(3319) Disputed
1 point

Again... there is nearly never a fail-safe, sending an innocent man to death isn't something you can take back.

Side: Life in jail
2 points

I'm not necessarily against the death penalty, if it were 100% possible to determine guilt, and if it were a family member, loved one, or close friend pulling the switch. In a world where guilt could be determined without any doubt, I think that moral judgement should be left to those closest to the person, and not the general population.

But unfortunately people are killed every year, that later evidence finds were not guilty. If this happens even once in history it should give us as a people, who hold life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness as the most important rights, pause. But it happens all the time, and should be unacceptable to us.

We're used to it. But pretend for a second that this is the first you ever heard of the death penalty, and pretend you just found out sometimes innocent people are killed by the State.

This does not sound like the actions of a civilized people.

Outside of that, life in prison is cheaper for States than condemning one to death. It turns out lawyers and judges are expensive.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

Well keeping them alive forever is also expensive.

We shouldn't be wasting our tax money on them.

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

plus they have come out with technology lately that is 95 percent accurate at sensing lies

Side: Death Penalty
iamdavidh(4868) Disputed
1 point

We shouldn't be wasting our tax money on them.

Follow the logic:

Life in prison costs taxpayers X.

Death penalty costs X + Y.

X + Y > X

Therefore tax payers are "wasting more money" by pursuing death.

Listen. Like I said, I don't disagree with the theory of the death penalty. Murders, rapists, child pornographers, etc. literally should die for a better society. There is not reason to allow them to continue life.

Society though is complex. It is impossible in any society at this point in time to both pursue justice and correct justice, and to at the same time support a death penalty. We simply have not evolved to that point.

Side: Life in jail
2 points

heck no death penalty for me i dont want to die well unless i k\did somthing REALLY that bad but i stand as no

Side: Life in jail
2 points

The other point is that our justice system is based on not violating a persons rights. If I acquire illegal evidence it is thrown out and you could be set free even though I have absolute proof of your guilt.

How can you have a justice system that will let a guilty man go if we violate his rights but will commit the ultimate violation of a mans rights by killing him? That's insane.

Side: Life in jail
Stylz(18) Disputed
2 points

If his rights are violated then yes, the illegal evidence must be thrown out. I'd hate to think that anyone could have illegal evidence brought against them in order to prosecute. That'd allow for all sorts of corruptness. I'd be 100% concerned if illegal evidence could be brought against me. Anyone could fall victim to that. The police and prosecuters must dot all the I's and cross all the T's in order to bring a fair and accurate prosecution against someone. Defense attorneys are not there to determine innocence or guilt, but to uphold the constitution and bill of rights. They are the police of the police so to speak. If we allow prosecutors to bring illegal evidence against people then we all set ourselves up to be illegally prosecuted.

Side: Death Penalty

Lest we become as barbarous as they, life in prison should suffice for Murder One!

Side: Life in jail
1 point

So you think that someone who has claimed the life of someone else deserves the comfortable environment of a prison? Being in prison is a luxury to some of these people that are thrown into jail.

Should we have to pay for these pieces of trash to live comfortably in air conditioning with no bills to pay and free food? I am not saying jail is a nice place to be but it is better than living in hell some other countries.

Meant to be opposed

Side: Death Penalty
rocknwow(77) Disputed
2 points

How can you be so sure that someone has taken a life?

The minimum length for an argument is 50 characters. The purpose of this restriction is to cut down on the amount of dumb jokes, so we can keep the quality of debate and discourse as high as possible.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I'm a christian. The bible specifically says "thou shall not kill."

Also, several people across the country have been found to be not guilty after they were sentenced to death. My home town, Ada, Oklahoma, has an entire book written about events that happened here (John Grisham, the Innocent Man).

Also, minorities are sentenced to death way more than whites and non-minorities. Too much racism in this country to have the death penalty. BTW, I'm white.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

You couldnt be more correct. As someone who works directly with this topic, I can tell you that it is biased. It goes as deep as how grand juries are selected (who subsequently sign off on an indictment to charge someone with capital murder). Proportionality is supposed to be representative of the population (age, race, etc.). Lets just say we have found numerous courts that have not followed the law to the T. That to me, is a scary thought. Keeping in mind that not every district is biased. Some have and do in fact follow the guidelines as they are written.

Side: Life in jail
camnui(3) Disputed
1 point

just get some machine that works like a conveyer belt that kills them painlessly strap them to it and let it run

Side: Death Penalty
KatieMarie(288) Disputed
1 point

I am a christian too. But the bible also says an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

Side: Death Penalty
1 point

people make mistakes... ALL THE TIME! but being judged and killed... shouldn't be an option. it should not be legal.

say a father had a 7 year old girl just for says and a man raped and murdered his little girl... then i would understand the father for wanting him to die and i would to but once he is caught then he can spend his life in prison. because if he dies and believes in god then he will still go to heaven with riches. so i don't believe that people who have problems with killing or having any issues that have to do with the death penalty should just be kept in prison for life! not 30 years life, that what they call life in prison. am i correct?

i know this is long but i feel strong about this debate... :)

Side: Life in jail
1 point

better is "life in jail" death would end all and the criminal wouldn't realize his mistake

but spending whole life in jail would be a better punishment

being locked for lifetime would make him realize his mistake

Side: Life in jail

For sheer purposes of punishing a criminal, I don't support the death penalty. Wouldn't a life in prison be far worse than a simple death by monitored means? Or, better yet, put criminals to work doing public service projects!

Side: Life in jail
1 point

We should abolish the death penalty.

We have so much that we could put these criminals to work doing. They may be hate filled rapists and murderers, but many of them were simply wayward people. They still have families, and they still have contributions to be made to society. Let them try to fill their chasm sized debt to society, by giving them a bucket.

Plus, if even one wrongly accused person is put to death, that is too many. I believe in order to handed the death penalty you would have to be caught on tape, no doubts about it, red frickin' handed. Otherwise you could be putting away an innocent person.

Have you ever looked into what lethal injection really means? If not administered properly, the condemned could be paralyzed but not numb to pain. This would enable them to feel which has been described as your entire body of veins igniting into fire.

It's something to think about.

How to Kill a Human Being
Side: Life in jail
1 point

life in prison for sure..

why let them escape so easily by giving them death? isnt it more awful for them to rot in prison living in remorse rather than just dying? besides, its agaisnt the law for citizens to kill people but ok for the government to do it?? thats hypocrisy to the higest level..

Side: Life in jail
1 point

to those who quoted the bible.. take this into conssideration:

Exodus 31:15, "You may work for six days, but the seventh day is a day of worship, a day when you don't work. It is holy to the LORD. Whoever works on that day must be put to death."

Leviticus 11:7 "and the pig, for though it divides the hoof, thus making a split hoof, it does not chew cud, it is unclean to you."

Does that mean i have to be sentenced to death for working on sunday?? am i a sinner for eating pork??

its was written for those times not the 21st century.. i'm not saying dont listen to what the bible says.. i'm just saying, the bible cant always be taken literally (the exception is the ten commandments)..

an eye for an eye doesnt work anymore..

how are we to become civilized if we stick to primitive laws??

Side: Life in jail
1 point

The death penalty is a moral issue I’ve struggled to come to terms with personally. Mahatma Gandhi once said One must be slow to form convictions, but once formed, they must be defended against the heaviest odds.

My first thought was that if we are going to have a death penalty, then people who commit really serious crimes in a really serious way deserve it. But people who act in the heat of a moment, who don’t predetermine to take lives or do harm, they are at least excused from the death penalty for not having put rational thought into the matter. For example, a man who walks in on his wife cheating, pulls out a gun and immediately shoots them both before stopping to breathe or think is a man who was ruled by passion.

After a little more consideration, I began to think that those who set out to take someone’s life for nothing more than fun are just insane. Which leads to the question, should mentally insane people who are dangerous be punished by death? That one’s really iffy for me, but in the end my bleeding heart says no. But there are other reasons to take a life. Petty things, such as greed, jealousy, lust, etc. Should we punish rational people who kill by killing them?

This one is really tough, because those are incredibly stupid things to take a life over. And while the death penalty may not be a successful deterrent, is it a worthy punishment? Yes. Absolutely. These are people who have less respect for another human being’s life than they do for their own pride, self-interest, and whathaveyou. Exactly the sort of person that we might want put to death by the justice system.

But then, the justice system is not perfect. And although we have a standard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, there’s still room for error. Is it ever going to be right to kill one innocent person, in the name of punishing the others who deserve it? No. Not when we have other means of punishing those who are not entitled to their freedom.

Although it is costly keeping someone in prison for their lifetime, this isn’t a valid reason to excuse errors in the system. “It’s cheaper” will never qualify as a reason to risk putting innocent people to death.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I believe that it is in no way justified to kill someone, as a punishment for killing someone else. It is not going to remunerate nor console the victim's families for their loss. The death penalty is completely inhumane.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I vote life in jail because if we kill the convicts they pay for what they did but it be more of a punishment to have them in a small cell

Side: Life in jail
1 point

To live life in a cell is much more punishment than to sever their life quickly and nearly painlessly.

I also cast my vote to life as nothing is 100%, sending an innocent man to death has no apology that makes the action justifiable.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

Isnt it a little too merciless to take away one's life because of what he/she did something wrong on the impulse of a moment?(I believe majority of crimes are from moment's mistake,cuz no human is perfect.)

Cant we give them another chance too be good? Death penalty is similar to "an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth"which is too inhuman. We wouldnt want to have what's wrong from a past to reappear.

Death penalty is just a superficial measure of punishing the wrongs.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

Many Life Sentence prisoner are first offenders and contrary to general belief are the best behaved while in prison. I agree with you.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

As a former Manager of Life Sentence prisoners in HMP UK. I have personally seen 3 cases when the prisoner has been found to be totally innocent after some years in prison. i have also seen many Life sentence Prisoners work very hard to better themselves and leave prison to serve in the community. Money has nothing to do with it as far as I am concerned. Also, if you can afford the best lawyers you have a better chance of not being convicted.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I know this has already been said before, but an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Just because a person takes the life of another doesn't mean an innocent person needs to be paid to kill him or her. Plus, there is no way to be sure if this person is actually guilty. Should the justice system really take such a risk as to put an innocent man or woman to death? The answer is no.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

Well, indeed one of the benefits of death penalty is that there will be less crimes especially murders and massacres, but there are always many things and ideas to get away with it. There are a lot of means of escape after committing a crime. Of course, with our technology, even drops of liquid and a pinch of salt will do in order for a person to do a crime and get away with it. We cannot give a "final judgment" to a person who committed a crime. Each person has their own mind and perspective of what life is, and what those people need is a point or position in which they can stand there and see another perspective or the right/correct meaning/purpose of life. If we are going to have death penalty,which is announced 1 to 10 days before it will be done, how can they realize and see that new perspective? That is why they are kept in a place where all they should problem is how to make themselves fixed and not how to get out of there; and also, it is the reason why they are fed, given some good indoor jobs, given a lot of freebies. They were there to solve their own problems so that they can be pardoned by their conscience (or maybe by the judges or government) and be free, maybe not with the place they physically live in but from where their spirit is jailed.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

Hmm? Killing a killer to show that killing is wrong....Yeah, that makes sense.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I FEEL THE DP AND LIFE IN JAIL CAN BOTH WORK IF THE PEOPLE ARE TRULY GUILTY. THE JUSTICE SYSTEM HAS KILLED SO MANY BASED ON NOTHING. ALSO HAVE MANY IN JAIL FOR THE REST OF THERE LIVES. BUT THEN AGAIN THERE ARE MANY CHILDREN 15, 16 YEAR OLDS SPENDING LIFE IN JAIL FOR MURDER BECAUSE THERE PARENTS WERE NOT THERE FOR THEM SO IT WAS UP TO THEM TO MAKE IT. SOMETIMES THE DP AND LIFE PLEA CAN BE TO MUCH. WE ALL DESERVE ANOTHER CHANCE IN LIFE. BUT I SAY FORGIVE BUT DONT FORGET.YOU DO IT AGAIN THATS YOUR ASS....THTS JUS ME...

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I think instead of a death penalty, they should just stay in prison until they die because putting someone to death is just harsh, No matter who it is. They should at least take a while and think about it in prison.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I totally go for the Death penalty. Why let them continue living? They have no concern for human life, so why should we show concern for them? Kill them off.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

It's my view that, if someone murders someone else, they have given up their human rights, including the one to stay alive themselves. The world would be much better off without them living.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I think people suffer more when they spend their whole lives in jail. Death is the easy way out.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I dont think staying in prison for life is more punishment. They feel like they got away with murder if you dont execute them. Their victim is dead and they are still alive living each and every day with three meals per day, a place to sleep and plenty of other people to live with.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

I believe that if person takes the life of another, he should lose his life. He lose the right to his life. The State should take his life in return – an eye-for-an-eye.

Side: Life in jail
1 point

life in jail is better than death penalty...at least they would get the chance to suffer longer...maybe that would give them a sense of what they did...or aware them of how life works. it may be enough punishment for them.

Side: Life in jail

The Death Penalty is cruel and unusual punishment and it should be abolished.

Side: Life in jail