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Death Penalty

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  Tags: law   death penalty   ethics


Background

The death penalty has been in use as punishment for likely as long as any sort of justice system existed. However, is the death penalty a just and ethical way to punish a criminal?
 

Arguments For


Criminals deserve harsh punishment for the most heinous crimes; it is justice.

Arguments Against


Once a prisoner is behind bars, they are no longer a threat. Prisoners escaping is a whole different issue.
Deliberately killing another person, regardless of the reason, is unethical and inhumane.
There is a chance of putting innocent individuals to death.
Unconstitutional; death is a cruel and unusual punishment. It is irreversible.
The amount of increased security and safety from killing a criminal already imprisoned is negligible.
Death row is costly.

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User Comments & Opinion

 
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2 Voted Yes

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As long as people are responsible for their actions and not excused by conditions such as "mental disorder", "genetic disposition", or "emotional outrage" the death penalty should be in place. - admin +1
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One murder, they should suffer in jail. Multiple murders (more than 2) they should be "put down". Escape from jail, yes. - _fraz_ (twitter) 0

1 Voted No

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No, killing someone never solves anything. - jennyhooah (twitter) vote up image vote down image -1
 
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