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My question to the true believers: In your mind, is this perfect justice?
I don't think it has to be. That's not it's purpose. But even it it was, there's a very good reason that it's not a deterrent.
1. The death penalty is a poor deterrent of capital crimes. This applies not to a repeat capital crime by the candidate for execution, but to a general deterrent to others who might contemplate a capital crime.
it's only expensive because of the legal costs. The fact that society is willing to pay those costs shows how important it is.
2. The death penalty is extremely expensive compared to a sentence of life without parole.
Why is it increasingly cruel? Because death penalty opponents asked for more humane methods of execution, drugs were introduced. Besides, if it was not cruel at all would you reverse your position? Thought not.
3. The death penalty has shown to be increasingly cruel, which is a constitutional prohibition. In 2014, states are seeking a viable (pardon the pun) access to drugs for lethal injection. The latest execution in Arizona lasted almost two hours.
Really? Amnesty International reported that in 2012, fifty-eight countries handed down death sentences. (Including Barbados, India, Japan, and many others.)
4. The USA is in a very select club, along with China, Iran, Afghanistan, and Belarus (the only European nation that executes its prisoners.
All of our penalties have long histories of mistakes and miscarriages. From traffic tickets on up. You must think the death penalty is substantially worse than life in prison. Why? They both die in prison. They could die from being raped, shivved, or in a prison riot. Is it really so much worse to know the day of your death? Perhaps you believe it is, all right then.
5. Our death penalty has a long history of mistakes and miscarriages of justice.