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capital punishment: death penalty (putting a condemned person to death)
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In the first four months of 1992, New York City (a non-death penalty state) reduced its crime rate, by 11% after it abolished death penalty as the capital punishment. In contrast, in the fall of 1987 after Louisiana executed eight people in eight and a half weeks, the murder rate in New Orleans rose by 16.39%
123 could have been murdered by the government, if by luck they had not had been proven innocent. Now think about all the other people who were not released from death row. It is my opinion that the sanctioned death of one innocent individual, is far too many. And what do you think is causing all of these wrongful convictions? Is it strong evidence that just happened to point to the wrong person? No. The main factors leading to a wrongful conviction include
As of November 2006, 123 innocent people have been released from death rowExternal Source
Originally posted by enjoies05 There will always be the possibility of an innocent person being executed, but if you take away the death penalty there is a greater chance of losing many more innocent lives due to killings.
According to the FBI's Preliminary Uniform Crime Report for 2002, the murder rate in the South increased by 2.1% while the murder rate in the Northeast decreased by almost 5%. The South accounts for 82% of all executions since 1976; the Northeast accounts for less than 1%. www.deathpenaltyinfo.org..." target="_blank" class="postlink" rel="nofollow">External Source
Originally posted by enjoies05 …has it been proven that the death penalty has anything to do with the lowering and rising of crimes rates?
Originally posted by enjoies05 Sadly, an innocent person getting killed is a part of life, but in the case of the death penalty many more innocent lives will be saved then taken away
Originally posted by ImpliedChaos
By this statement you are inferring that, the death penalty deters killings.
it has been proven that the death penalty has nothing to do with the increase/decrease of crime rates.
Instead of giving a criminal the death penalty, they should be given life without the possibility of parole
how many times has a person in serving life in a MAX prison escaped?
Most murders are crimes of passion. Meaning, there was an argument of some sort, things escalated and a person snapped. These people are highly unlikely to kill again
Would you still feel that ‘an innocent person being killed is a part of life’?
For some reason you mentioned rapist. I think it should be noted that the last time a rapist was executed was in 1964 in Missouri
Originally posted by enjoies05 I was saying if there was no death penalty there is a greater chance that the criminal could escape and kill again, or kill somebody in the prison then an innocent person being executed.
Originally posted by enjoies05 Then why did you post the links saying that the death penalty has to do with the crime rate going up and down in your first post?
Originally posted by enjoies05 But when you do that the criminal has nothing at all to lose. There is a good chance they will try and commit crimes against other inmates, or even at prison guards – which is leaving more innocent people at risk!”
Who are you to say what people "deserve" ? You keep saying that they DESERVE to be executed but you are not backing up your opinion with any sort of facts , statistics, researched evidence .
This brings me to another point. It is immoral to kill another human being under any circumstance.THOU SHALL NOT KILL. It is my opinion that we do not create life, God does. So we have no right to take it away under any circumstances. While these criminal are rotting in prison agonizing about what they have done, let God deal with them. They will be punished as he sees fit.
Originally posted by enjoies05Who am I to say? Well I am not anybody really. But I and 67% of the people who took a 2006 Gallup poll think murders deserve to be executed.
This is the story of the woman who was found committing adultery. The Mosaic Code required that she and her lover be stoned to death. Unlike many other passages in the Gospel where Jesus is reported as having either negated or reinterpreted a law in the Mosaic Code, he simply asks that the first stone be cast by one who is without sin. Of course, none of the accusers was without sin; none could start the execution process.(John 8:1-11)
Originally posted by enjoies05Why don’t you want murderers to be executed? Why should they be treated better then the innocent people they killed? What makes them better?
Originally posted by enjoies05.... when they broke into someone’s house and killed there kids while they were asleep?!
ImpliedChaos did a great job on making a strong stand while refuting his opponent's stance.
enjoies05 made a strong case but came up short when it came to anything outside of his own opinion. The "so what" comment solidified my decision. Rather than attempting to refute what his opponent said, he responded with "so what".
This was by no means necessary a lop sided victory, but I do believe that ImpliedChaos put up the better case.
Both members made a strong stance with their material, but I felt there was much left unsaid on the subject. In the end, I need to look to who made the better case on facts, rather than opinion. I give ImpliedChaos the nod on this one.