The death penalty should be banned
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1. The occasional mistake is more risky than it's worth. Let's say you accuse someone of murder, and the jury votes him as guilty and the state government executes him, but later you find out he's innocent. What would you say to his widow and children? Wouldn't they possibly end up suing the state? Executing the innocent is immorally evil and we cannot take this risk.
2. Racial and economic discrimination take part of execution. A 1980 study showed that those who killed whites are nearly 40 times likely to be executed than those who killed blacks, and it hasn't really improved these days. The poor are also more likely to be executed than the wealthy and prosperous. Black people are not only less likely to have their murderer punished, but is more prone to the death penalty. Of the 1,052 death row inmates on August 20, 1982, 42% of them were blacks, when 12% of the US population is blacks.
First off, we must note that with the death penalty there is the death row. Death row is the place, often a section of a prison, that houses prisoners awaiting execution. After persons are found guilty of an offense and sentenced to death, they remain on death row during appeal and habeas corpus procedures, and if those are unsuccessful, until execution.
In order to be convicted of the death penalty, there are certain boundaries and crimes that must be committed before the idea of jail time or a fine is removed. Since I do not want to list all thirty to fifty crimes that are to be warranted by the death penalty, here is the site where I got my information: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org... . If you didn't know, the Supreme Court in 1976, heard the Gregg vs Georgia case, where they overruled their previous decision to ban the death penalty. Today, the death penalty is legal in 32 states, including major states like : Virginia, California, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
My opponent states that: "The occasional mistake is more risky than it's worth." Although it is not impossible, the facts behind a person who should have been executed, or was on death row, when said person was innocent is 150. Since 1973, there have been approximately 150 people who have been exonerated from the death penalty because of new evidence, or whatever the case may be. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org... .
In his second argument, my opponent states that " racial and economic discrimination take part of execution." Although, the statistics of many source and his own source would force me to agree with it. I would like to say that the racial and economic conditions of the defendant does not matter. It matters on the bias of the judge(if any), the jury(which will allows by there based on past experiences, culture, etc), and the media(because they stick their nose in everything and many times manipulate the facts). However, I have a statistic from 2000-2010, that states that a racially biased number of executions has not occurred; 317 (57.5%) people were white, 180 people (32.6%) were black, 45 (8.2%) people were Latino, 6 people (1.1%) were Native American, 1 person (.2%) was Asian, and two people were listed as "other." - See more at: http://criminal.findlaw.com....
However, one must also look at the number of death sentences through the year of 1976 to present year. To this day, with the exception of 2007, the number of death sentences has decreased substantially; but also the number of actual executions has also dropped, in the recent years.
Furthermore, I would like to state even with the amount of different barriers, the US Justice System has to defend those accused with the death penalty; there should be other barriers to prevent what my opponent states as innocent deaths by the state.
Thank You Billy for your time! I am looking froward to continuing this! :)
First of all, the death penalty does not necessarily deter crime rates. Universities have wanted to, but failed to show that capital punishment deters crime. The Southern US, where 80% of executions take place in America, has a higher crime rate than the North.
With the rise of lethal injections, there are more and more botched executions, leading to the victim feeling tortured before his or her death. In the United States, torturing to death is usually considered "cruel and unusual punishment", which is outlawed in the Eighth Amendment in out Constitution. Here's an example. In December 13, 2006, an execution in Florida was botched so badly that the Republican governor of Florida halted all executions in the state. What a dramatic change!
https://www.census.gov... The Site that is here, states that the state with the highest crime rate is South Carolina. And South Carolina has killed a total of 0 criminals in the last five years. Texas has killed a total of 73 criminals. If you scroll to the bottom of both of these sources, you will see that South Carolina has a higher crime rate compared to Texas' maybe because they dont use the death penalty. http://www.disastercenter.com... This is Texas' and http://www.disastercenter.com... this is South Carolina's. The data shows that Texas is actually quite lower on the list.
Now onto to the topic of botched lethal injections. This topic is very iffy, because knowing whether a criminal is "feeling" tortured is not always known. I would say that criminals would not hesitate to lie, in order to get out of the punishment; i would not doubt that, however, there are certainly cases where the criminal has felt pain and therefore the state broke that citizen's 8th Amendment of No Cruel or Unusual Punishments. BTW it is in the Bill of Rights; not the Constitution. For your example, i would like to have a source on that, but i am willingly to agree to that, if you agree to the fact that for every 100 or so executions there is maybe one if even so called "botched" execution. Every since 1900, there have been about 9,000 executions; the British Journal of American Legal Studies has found that every since 1900, there have been about 270 "botched" executions. That isn't a lot of supposed "botched" executions, and of course we have to count for the fact that some of them might be lie.
Overall, the idea of the death penalty not working or at least doing what it is supposed to do; kill those who have done very VERY horrendous deeds and deserve them, is not true. There is no reason on why the death penalty should not be banned. It does what it should do, although like anything else, there is room for improvement because as humans we have errors.
Thank you! Your Turn! :)
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I would say that it is not fair to the family and friends of the deceased. But life is never fair, anyway; however this is our way of making it more fair.
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