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An innocent man goes to prison A guilty man walks free
Debate Score:14
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 An innocent man goes to prison (7)
 
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What's worse

An innocent man goes to prison

Side Score: 8
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A guilty man walks free

Side Score: 6
2 points

Because you are doing actual harm to someone .

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
1 point

An innocent man goes to prison .

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Side: An innocent man goes to prison
1 point

Which is why I am so opposed to the death penalty. I can't remember when, very recently, it was found that 1:4 people executed were subsequently found innocent. I mean imagine that someone has killed your wife or daughter, you're devestated, and then you're accused of doing it. How horrible that must be. And then you're told that you are going to be killed because of it. You're waiting on death row and they tell you " your time is up." You plead with them trying to tell them " But I didn't do it, please, don't do this..." But it's too late, you realise your fate. You're lying on the table or being placed in the chair and you know, that your life will end, certainly. You think " but surely this can't be, it must be some sick joke, or they will realise.." but nope, they do it. They inject you or electrocute you, and you die in physical and mental agony. I mean wtf?! What sort of person would advocate such a thing?

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
misskrueger(30) Clarified
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Actually they kill people on the death row by injecting stuff into your blood stream the shuts down your body. You don't feel any real pain, just mental if your innocent, or guilty.

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
Jungelson(3931) Clarified
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I know very well how they kill people I used it as a topic in my class debate a few years ago. It would be extreme mental torture, far worse than being whipped or having your knee caps broken. Someone out there is has killed your loved ones, and is strolling around happily, whilst you're in there about to be killed. Not only the horror of your family being killed, you too will be killed. And you will know, right to the last second, that the people doing it are happily thinking " hey, we're doing a good thing! And tomorrow, we'll do the same to 8 more guys!"

But electric chair I would imagine you would experience a few seconds of pain, like someone connecting a car battery to the inside of your head and rubbing the wires together.

Either way, I can't imagine what it would be like for that to Hollywood, and people would watch it and come out of the cinema crying ( if the director was any good..!) But the fact is, this is happening all the time, to so many people, so very, very unjustly. And we then go and call our selves a 'civilisation'. There's nothing civil about it.

Saying that you're doing something humanely has come to mean on average a bad thing.

" We're killing humanely" or" it's the humane thing to do" or "It's only humane to do such and such in war" e.t.c. So many examples that go with that that prove that it humane= unhappy end.

But I digress. Most cases, someone who shoots someone out of rage will not do it again. They should still go to jail, but if an innocent man gets killed, in such a fashion, that's wrong.

Side: An innocent man goes to prison

Guilty men and women, and soon to be guilty men and women are already among us, so why not one more?

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
1 point

I think it a bigger travesty to see an ionnocent person imprisoned. Often innocent people are accused and then freed. You are taking away freedom from someone who has done nothing to deserve the removal of it. The other side is more of a situation where you are not applying justice fairly. I think we live with that every day anyway.

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
1 point

Traditionally this country has always regretted convicting the innocent, when an innocent man goes to prison we are basically judging someone falsely that way at least the other way around does not have any judgement.

Side: An innocent man goes to prison

I love the movie LIFE

Side: An innocent man goes to prison
2 points

Guilty of what? If he's a thief or a jay walker it's not that bad but if he's a murder I'd rather him not be walking free.

Sure it's bad for that one guy in prison who could be killed, but that's one guy. The murderer walking free could kill seven more.

Side: A guilty man walks free
3 points

Totally true, obviously an innocent man sent down for a crime he did not commit is a huge injustice. How can his time in prison be repayed to him? If a man is wrongly imprisoned for, lets say murder, then he is unfairly serving another persons time, and in certain parts of the world he could be facing the death penalty. A loss of an innocent life. Though what's worse is the actual murderer is free and could commit a massacre in a shopping mall. Say if that happened and 80 people died. Simple maths, i'd rather one innocent person died than 80.

Side: A guilty man walks free
1 point

No one should get there freedom taken away from them. At all. Point blank period.

Side: A guilty man walks free