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Capital Punishment

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Started: 4/11/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ChayNewman

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"Is Capital Punishment Right?"
This is one of the biggest debates of our time and their are many different ways too look at it. My views on the subject are, if you are a murderer, rapist, child abductor etc then you lose your rights as a human, therefore you're not a human and therefore, it isn't murder.
eastcoastsamuel

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There are several problems with the practice of capital punishment. The first has to with cost; the death penalty is an extreme expenditure of taxpayer dollars. For instance, in the state of California, the death penalty since 1978 has cost taxpayers more than four billion dollars. However, should the death penalty be abolished, then 170 million dollars annually will be saved. Similiar examples can be found across the country [1]. The second has to with wrongful executions; there are numerous examples previously where people, whose innocence are in question, were still executed [2]. This is an abuse of justice and shows the extreme flaws of the system. What's even more flawed is the execution of people who show signs of genuine remorse, which has been found in significant death row populations [3]. The biggest flaw of the system has to do with the execution of minorities, especially Hispanics and African-Americans, who outweigh whites on death row. Executions for murders involving black defendants and white victims are greatly higher than white defendants and black victims [4]. Clearly a system biased towards one population is not deserving of being implemented.

In conclusion, the death penalty/capital punishment is a poor system as it abuses the taxpayer's dollars, results in the deaths of innocents, punishes those who show remorse and punishes minorities unjustly. It should be replaced. Thank you.

Sources: [1] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
[2] http://www.law.northwestern.edu...
[3] http://www.tandfonline.com...
[4] http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org...
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