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The death penalty should remain in place

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Started: 7/16/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 months ago Status: Debating Period
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I believe that the death penalty should remain in place and I'd like to do a short debate about this. Round 1 is for acceptance.


This is bad! What if someone is innocent and he/she receives a death sentence? NOBODY LIKES THAT!!
Debate Round No. 1


There are several purposes to any punishment: retribution, deterrence and protection of society. The death penalty adequetely satisfies each of these.

The death penalty is just. When a person inflicts an evil upon society, he merits evil towards himself. This is why when people rape, rob, cheat and lie, they are punished. Indeed, if they go without being punished, we suddenly feel the injustice. The punishment should also reflect the severity of the crime. A person who steals $5 should be punished less than a rapist. Thus, a murderer should be punished very heavily. The only thing that can equal life in value is life. Thus, in the case of murder, the only just penalty is death.

The death penalty also deters crimes. Many studies have shown that as the death penalty increases, murders decrease and vice versa.

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Protects Society
The death penalty protects society because it not only decreases murder rates, but also because a dead person is infinitely less dangerous than an alive person. A person who is dead cannot ever murder you.

For these reasons, the death penalty should remain in place. Thank you.
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