Should the Death Penalty be legal in Britain?
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The predominant method of execution in the USA is currently Lethal Injection, used in 36/37 of the states which endorse the death penalty. This is the most humane method of execution as it involves no pain before death as the electric chair or hanging once did. Despite arguing for the use of the death penalty in Britain, I do not believe that the method should inflict unnecessary pain upon the offender as taking their life is sufficient enough in punishing them for their crime/s.
The Death Penalty Does Not Provide Closure
My opponent’s argument appears to be based on the premise that the death penalty is necessary to provide closure to the families of the victims. However, the psychological needs required for “closure” to victims and their families varies dramatically from person to person and may change over the lifetime of the individual.  However, evidence does show that what victims need more than anything is an answer or explanation for the crimes which have been inflicted upon them. 
Due to this heterogeneity of victims and their psychological needs, “closure” is not a reasonable argument in support of the death penalty, as an execution could just as equally prevent victims or their families from acquiring the closure they require. For example, in 1983, a man named Ronald Carlson wanted vengeance against his sister’s killer in Texas.  However, after witnessing the execution of his sister’s murderer, he stated that “[w]atching the execution left me with horror and emptiness, confirming what I had already come to realize: Capital Punishment only continues the violence that has a powerful, corrosive effect on society.” Such an example reflects the differences in which people may respond to the execution and how it may affect or even inhibit their ability to acquire “closure.”
Risk of Executing Innocent Prisoners is Too High
Moreover, even if the death penalty did provide “closure” to the families of victims, such a consequence is not adequate to justify to taking of a human life, particularly when empirical evidence has shown that a significant portion of death row inmates may be innocent. Studies have suggested that an error rate of 2.5% to 4% in capital cases.  With approximately 140,000 prisoners in the United States on death row, for example, this suggests as many as 5,600 of those prisoners may executed despite their innocence. A failure rate of that magnitude is too high and cannot justify executions on the basis of alleviating the psychological needs of some small percentage of victim’s families.
There is No Economic Justification of the Death Penalty
There is additionally no economic reason to allow executions, as the cost of maintaining death row inmates is greater than that of inmates with lifetime sentences.  In California, U.S., for example, taxpayers pay $90,000 more per death row prisoner each year than prisoners in regular confinement, due to the increased prison administrative and judicial costs; in total, each execution was found to cost approximately $250 million.
Several other issues weigh against the death penalty and will be presented and analyzed should my opponent argue them.
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I will pass this round and leave my opponent an opportunity to respond to my previous post.
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Since my opponent has not provided any arguments, I will let the debate be judged by the first round.
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