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Debate Score:22
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Do you support the Death Penalty?

Capital punishment is the sentence of death, or practice of execution, handed down as punishment for a criminal offence. It can only be used by a state, after a proper legal trial. The United Nations in 2008 adopted a resolution (62/149) calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty, however fifty-eight countries, including the United States and China, still exercise the death penalty. As such, the topic remains highly controversial. Abolitionist groups and international organisations argue that it is cruel and inhumane, while proponents claim that it is an effective and necessary deterrent for the most heinous of crimes.

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I feel that the Death Penalty is a good way to scare those who are going to commit an act of crime that if they get caught they will face the death penalty. It is a good "warning" for those who might think that they can do an act of terror

Side: YES!

The death penalty makes 100% for sure that this evil person will NEVER kill again whether it be in prison with a life sentence, or when someone gets him paroled.

The victims never get a second chance at life here on Earth, and for the sake of the family, neither should the murderer.

Side: YES!
Ann3s0pk3(3) Disputed
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So, you must be the type of person that would murder an innocent person just so 9 other guilty people would not go free? Because there have been near a couple hundred death row inmates, and counting, that have been exonerated and proven innocent since the reinstatement of the death penalty. So you must believe that it is worth killing the innocent and falsely convicted in order to make sure other guilty inmates get murdered?

Side: NO!
FromWithin(8239) Disputed
1 point

Yes, there is no perfect justice system whereby mistake never happen. Under you ludicrous thinking, we should allow thousands of more innocent people to die at the hands of people who do not have to worry about the death penalty.

The deth penalty saves far more innocent lives than the few innocent people are executed.

The better answer is to only give the death penalty sentence when there is absolutely no question to his guilt. If there is any cance of being wrong, then they can give a life sentence.

If I were an innocent man spending life in prison, I would prefer death to put me out of my misery.

Side: YES!
1 point

I support the death penalty however i don't think it should be thrown around so loosely. There are some people made of pure evil in this world! I think if they commit a crime so terrible they shouldn't be given the luxury of life.

Side: YES!
1 point

I support the death penalty however i don't think it should be thrown around so loosely. There are some people made of pure evil in this world! I think if they commit a crime so terrible they shouldn't be given the luxury of life.

Side: YES!

Yes.

Because, of course, there is no God in the sky that would pass out punishments.

If there is, we should be abandoning the entire legal system.

Side: YES!
1 point

Yes I do support death penalty. Some of the highest crimes committed by people like murder,rape,etc should not be tolerated as these would be recommitted by other people if the penalties are too small. Death penalty will instill fear in those people so that they don't commit these kinds of crimes again.

Side: YES!

Rehabilitation is not just about rehabilitating murderers. It's about preventing people to ever become murderers. Rehabilitation creates a safe society. Death penalty is invented by people who seek justice. I don't care about that, justice is ill-defined and subjective... it's nothing really, and I don't understand why people are so hung up on satisfying this need.

Side: NO!
outlaw60(15501) Disputed
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Rehabilitation prevents people from becoming murders ? Can you explain why seeking justice is wrong ?

Side: YES!
2 points

Can you explain why seeking justice is wrong ?

Seeking justice is not wrong, however it is useless because the term is ill-defined and subjective. What is justice to you might not be justice to someone else and therefore it is not a real thing.

Rehabilitation prevents people from becoming murders

The vast majority of people who have committed extreme crimes like murder and rape are mentally unstable people who were neglected as children and teenagers. Let's imagine a 18 year old boy. He gets into trouble after a failed attempt at robbing a store. He goes to jail, gets out again back into the same unhealthy and violent environment from where he came. His behavior escalates, he gets into fights, he gets involved with drugs, he goes in and out of jail, and then one day... he kills somebody.

Instead of this scenario - let's imagine the 18 year old again. He goes to jail for the first time, for robbing a store, and therein he receives an education which he can use when he goes back out. He gets therapy, care and is being taught how to act like a civilized citizen, because punishing him for reacting to the unfair life situation he was born in is wrong.

Rehabilitation cares and provides for juvenile teenagers and young adults on the path to become hardcore criminals, and change that path.

So I could ask you. Do you think we should prevent murders from happening, or should be focus on dealing with those who already have happened?

Side: NO!
2 points

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind" - Ghandi. We should forgive as Jesus Christ taught us to do.

Side: NO!
2 points

We should be forgiving not hurtful. Think about the criminal's family. They didn't do the crime so they shouldn't be punished by having their loved one taken from them. Criminals can change and become better people.

Side: NO!
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Absolutely not. Life without parole is a better alternative as it ensures that innocent falsely convicted inmates will not be killed. As technology advances, more and more inmates are beng exonerated. Also, race,gender, location, mental illness and competency of counsel all play a part in who receives the death penalty. For example, a black man who killed in self defense in a primarily white conservative area may not be provided with adequate counsel and treated as fairly as his white counterpart and until our justice system can be reformed and play fair, which let's be honest, is not likely to ever happen, we should not be giving the unjust system the right to say who lives and dies. Not to mention, no study has proven that the death penalty is actually a deterrent. It's a flawed system and no flawed system should be gambling with lives.

Side: NO!
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If we make ourselves as a society responsible for the lives and deaths of others, we risk “acting God”. No society should have this power because it could be misused. In the UK, we have not had capital punishment for around 56 years and our rate of criminal activity is lower than in the US. It does not work and it is damaging to societies and to our views of the value of life.

Side: NO!