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Peacetotheworld
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akomiko
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Death penalty is cruel and unnecessary

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Peacetotheworld
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/26/2013 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (5)
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Peacetotheworld

Pro

The Death penalty is murder and illogical. Killing a person because that person killed someone is illogical, immoral, and unfair.
akomiko

Con

Although killing a person as such is immoral, the common good is more important that the individual rights in any society. Bearing in mind that punishments must go in accordance with crimes, when violating a basic human right that threatens a person's life or its dignity deserves a similar punishment that inflicts psychological and physical hardship in a criminal but that at the same time protects society from him, For instance the death penalty serves these two objectives simultaneously.

Apart from this, it is also a fact that when punishing with jail sentences, the prisoner's maintenance is part of the responsibilities of the government and therefore it is paid with common people taxes, which makes the punishment for the criminal a punishment for society, that is what justice aims to protect
Debate Round No. 1
Peacetotheworld

Pro

I believe that a persons life is to be protected under all circumstances and that means even if they are guilty.

What I don't see is what is wrong with life imprisonment as an alternative to the death penalty. The idea that it costs more to keep a person in prison then the death penalty is wrong. It costs 4x as much to put someone to death then it does to keep them in prison for life.
I think that taking a person's life as punishment is totally unjust and wrong.

The only circumstance that I can see the death penalty as being an option is when is is impossible to keep them restrained, which is very, very rare.
akomiko

Con

"Even in the case of the death penalty the State does not dispose of the individual"s right to life. Rather public authority limits itself to depriving the offender of the good of life in expiation for his guilt, after he, through his crime, deprived himself of his own right to life"
- Pius XII

In other words, when one person commits a crime such as taking another person's life or attempting against other one's dignity, one should be deprived of similar rights as the crimes he committed inflicted. This legal model has been around since Mesopotamia was established and even the appeared in the code of Hamurabi. It also preserves public order due to the fact that in most Latin American countries without death penalty, legal systems are not efficient enough which causes more criminal offences.

Apart from these, studies that claim that death penalties are more expensive are only based on a "case by case" basis, in where they take a single death penalty against a single trial of a conventional prisoner, but these studies do not take into account the annual cost per prisoner each year, thus it is also a fact that in the long term, the bill of a prisoner that is sentenced to at least 50 years in prison is higher that one of a death row prisoner.

I also wish to argue that these studies are not made by an impartial and neutral organisation, but by human rights activists. These studies may be biased or the data they obtain may not be completely accurate. For instance, death penalty in the long term, protects society and also could help the a country to lower their taxes, making it a viable solution to crimes that violate basic human rights.
Debate Round No. 2
Peacetotheworld

Pro

Whether or not it costs more for life imprisonment, the death penalty is still depriving a person of life and the chance to better themselves even if they are never set free from prison. Also even though death is the worst punishment, many criminals, I think, would rather die than have life imprisonment. The margin for error in sentencing is also too great, juries can be prejudiced because of race, religion, and color. Since when can the government decide to do things that the common person isn't allowed to. Its unfair and a cruel abuse of a governments power.
akomiko

Con

akomiko forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
Peacetotheworld

Pro

The death penalty is not punishment, such as prison, because the main point of punishment is to bring a person to do the right thing. The death penalty is removing the the possibility of the criminal being able to change. Its unfair, as well, that the government is allowed to do the exact same thing that the criminal did. The death penalty is revenge, not safety and demonstrates exactly what the quote, "An eye for an eye," means.
akomiko

Con

akomiko forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Peacetotheworld

Pro

Many people have committed horrible crimes and have come to repent and make a positive difference in our world. Every person deserves the chance to repent and to be able to have a life. The death penalty takes that chance away.

My regards to my opponent.

Please vote for Peacetotheworld
akomiko

Con

akomiko forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by anvesh 3 years ago
anvesh
When we are punishing a guilty then it should be in such a way that no one else should dare to do the same crime.
I think life imprisonment does not help in such a case.
Posted by kitkatz 3 years ago
kitkatz
I believe capital punishment should be enforced only when necessary (i.e. this person is a dangerous mass murderer and constantly escapes prison).
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Ore_Ele
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