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Death Penalty

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Started: 6/10/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Voting Period
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petersaysstuff

Con

I would like to challenge PomegranateHamster to a debate regarding the death penalty.

In my first round I will post definitions but not an argument. If my opponent wants to do the same that's fine or he can post his argument if it is ready. If the latter is the case I will respond to it in round 2 and post my argument there.

Death Penalty: "The punishment of execution, administered to someone convicted of a capital crime."[1]

Capital crime: "A crime that is punishable by death"[2]

I reserve the right to add more definitions later.

[1] http://www.google.com...

[2] http://www.google.com...
PomegranateHamster

Pro

Thanks to the opponent for challenging me, this should be fun. I accept all of the opponent's definitions and I look forward to him making the opening contentions of this debate.

Here are some rules I suggest for the debate.

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1. Please refrain from making insulting comments that may hurt the feelings of the opponent or someone in the audience.
2. All forms of resources can be used such as; videos and links.
3. Since we both accepted this debate, I look forward to finishing it as well.
4. Have fun and be creative. I love to learn and debating makes it fun, therefore I conclude good luck and let the debate begin.
Debate Round No. 1
petersaysstuff

Con

I agree with the rules but don't copy pasta tons of stuff, cite it.

The overarching reason why capital punishment should not be allowed is due to the fact that it is just unnecessary.

Point 1: The death penalty is NOT a deterrent. For example, in 1976 there were 0 accounts of the death penalty being issued and the murder rate was 8.8. Now we jump ahead to 1979. There were 2 accounts of the death penalty and the murder rate was 9.7. (These are ratios) Moving ahead to 1990. 23 executions and a 9.4 murder rate and so on and so forth. (ACLU #1)
I could go on but I feel I have made my point regarding deterrence but if need be I will pull more evidence in.

Point 2: It is actually more expensive than locking someone up. For example, in California "The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row, as compared to the maximum security prisons w here those sentenced to life without possibility of parole ordinarily serve their sentences, is $90,000 per year per inmate."[2]
The costs of the death penalty system are about $137 million per year whereas a new reform where a maximum life sentence would be issued would cost $11.5 million per year.[2]
This is a huge difference and shows the massive costs associated with the death penalty.

Point 3: It is entirely possible that one could kill the wrong guy. If this is the case there is nothing you can do. He is dead and cannot be brought back. All that the state can do is say "Whoops, my bad" and give money to the grieving family whereas if the person is in jail and they then see he is innocent, he is still alive and can live the rest of his life.

[1] http://www.aclu.org...
[2] http://www.deathpenalty.org...
PomegranateHamster

Pro

PomegranateHamster forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
petersaysstuff

Con

Whelp....this is a shame.
"Since we both accepted this debate, I look forward to finishing it as well."

Please extend.
PomegranateHamster

Pro

PomegranateHamster forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
petersaysstuff

Con

Whelp....this is a shame.
"Since we both accepted this debate, I look forward to finishing it as well."

Please extend.
PomegranateHamster

Pro

PomegranateHamster forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by PomegranateHamster 5 years ago
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It's no problem.
Posted by petersaysstuff 5 years ago
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I will post my round 2 tomorrow since I must be getting to sleep now. Sorry mate.
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