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kelsieisboss
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Dpowell
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Death Penalty

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Dpowell
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/1/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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kelsieisboss

Con

The death penalty does more harm than good in today's society. At one time, it may have served a useful purpose, but it is no longer necessary and the small positives it may have are outweighed by the negatives.

The death penalty is not able to be overturned, so any mistake in its application cannot be corrected because we do not have the power to resurrect people. Some propose that capricious application of the death penalty is flawed, but feel that the death penalty needs to be there for truly heinous crimes. Others argue the pragmatic merits, it is cheaper to execute than detain for life and it provides prosecutors with a bargaining chip when making deals with suspects that are willing to plead guilty. I acknowledge these facts but I believe that their value is either inconsequential or requires a trade-off that makes it worse.

Executing instead of imprisoning is cheaper, but only if there is no extra level of proof necessary for the application of the death penalty. The current process that the Supreme Court does not deem to be cruel and unusual actually costs more than imprisonment. http://www.deathpenalty.org......
One must prove that either a quickie process for the death penalty application is needed, with a corresponding greater probability of false convictions, or abandon cost as a factor in the merits of the death penalty.

The morality of the death penalty being necessary for heinous crimes is either a misguided notion that the death penalty is needed to provide closure to the victim's family and loved ones, or is needed to restore some type of cosmic balance. Since the latter is not very much en vogue these days, I will assume that the former is the primary argument. It is not valid when weighed against other factors. The one being executed has family and loved ones, what about their well-being? Some also argue that it is more punishment to live with yourself than have the opportunity to end it. Either way, it seems like a case of special pleading, because everyone can construct a hypothetical scenario that would make the death penalty the correct action. Laws are based on the totality of the situation, and special cases need to be evaluated against the whole body of evidence, they do not form an argument all by themselves.
Dpowell

Pro

I partially agree with you, but it is also helping the already overwelming population. And I may seem like a bad guy for saying this but it also helps get rid of the people that nobody has time for. Those people who were executed got what they deserve, it's their fault that they went and did something stupid and ruined their lives. Heck, because of what they did they can't get a job, so they have to live with their parents, and technically we're saving them from having to deal with a failure in life. Besides sometimes they're given a second chance but go make the same mistake again but worst than the last time.
Debate Round No. 1
kelsieisboss

Con

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Dpowell

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Vote Placed by joshua1998 3 years ago
joshua1998
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Reasons for voting decision: there should be a death penalty and it should be more strict