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Started: 10/18/2013 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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puccinhs

Con

the death penalty has been around since the eighteenth century but is it necessary. Every year at least a handful of criminals are put to death, but if criminals are still getting put to death than what lessons or influence is it putting on criminals. they has been no evidence to say that the death penalty has prevented or stopped crimes from getting committed. to keep a criminal in a prison it costs far less than it does to execute a prisoner it could cost about a billion dollars and that's not including the millions for trials and pre trials along with transportation compared to maybe a million and a half to keep a prisoner in prison for life. Some criminals may deserve the death penalty but nobody should have the power to end another persons life even the government it can be a cruel and unusual punishment and two wrongs don't make a right having a prisoner in prison is not harming anybody else and can be a helpful hand for your own taxes costing are taxpayers millions to kill a criminal instead of helping to build schools and other establishments. the death penalty can and has caused unnecessary deaths such as three kids from Pensacola Florida who were all charged with first degree murder when only one committed the crime itself the other kids were just in the getaway car and I don't think that's enough to be executed over. 82 percent of people on death row are innocent surprising as it may sound many cases are sent to death row even with lack of evidence and other factors that could send an innocent life to death even with these exponential many jury's are pushing toward the death penalty. the death penalty's been told to be slightly raciest but as it seems more white males are executed than any other race which is surprising for a high crime rate and prisoner ratio of black to white prisoners. as of 2005 it is unconstitutional to execute juveniles and if its illegal to kill minors why is it legal to kill grown men and women.
HMcGreenNHS

Pro

Capital Punishment is the only appropriate punishment for murder. Murder robs the victim of life, love, liberty, and happiness. In the states where the death penalty exists, the number of murders is deterred by the death penalty (1). Each time a murderer is executed, between three and eighteen homicides are deterred. When the death penalty is unavailable, more innocent victims will die.
Besides the aspect of deterring crime, the death penalty also honors the lives of those who have died. The death penalty is justice. According to some advocates of the death penalty, it isn"t even enough to begin with, and there should be some sort of greater punishment (2). The death penalty is necessary to have in the United States, and every state should have it. It deters crime, gives justice, and honors the people killed.

Friedman, Lewis. The Death Penalty. Farmington Hills: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print. (1)

ProQuest Staff. "At Issue: Death Penalty/Capital Punishment." ProQuest LLC. (2013) Web. (2)
Debate Round No. 1
puccinhs

Con

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HMcGreenNHS

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
puccinhs

Con

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HMcGreenNHS

Pro

The death penalty gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much. Some family members of crime victims may take years or decades to recover from the shock and loss of a loved one. Some may never recover. One of the things that helps hasten this recovery is to achieve some kind of closure. Life in prison just means the criminal is still around to haunt the victim. A death sentence brings finality to a horrible chapter in the lives of these family members. (1)
The death penalty also contributes to the problem of overpopulation in the prison system.
Prisons across the country face the problem of too many prisoners and not enough space. Each additional prisoner requires a portion of a cell, food, clothing, extra guard time, and so on. When you eliminate the death penalty as an option, it means that prisoner must be housed for life. It only adds to the problem of an overcrowded prison system. (2)

Messerli, Joe. "Should the Death Penalty Be Banned as a Form of Punishment?" - Death Penalty
(Pros & Cons, Arguments For and Against, Advantages & Disadvantages). N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Oct. 2013. (1) and (2)
Debate Round No. 3
puccinhs

Con

puccinhs forfeited this round.
HMcGreenNHS

Pro

Justice is better served. The most fundamental principle of justice is that the punishment should fit the crime. When someone plans and brutally murders another person, it make sense that the punishment for the perpetrator also be death. (1) The death penalty also provides a deterrent for prisoners already serving a life sentence. They can take away some prison privileges, but is this enough of a deterrent to stop the killing? What about a person sentenced to life who happens to escape? What's to stop him from killing anyone who might try to bring him in or curb his crime spree? Prisoner parole or escapes can give criminals another chance to kill. Perhaps the biggest reason to keep the death penalty is to prevent the crime from happening again. Even if a criminal is sentenced to life without possibility of parole, he still has a chance to kill while in prison, or even worse, escape and go on a crime/murder spree.
Debate Round No. 4
puccinhs

Con

The death penalty is needless and careless the fact that the judiciary system has the right to kill someone is preposterous and is inhumane if it is a criminal offense to kill someone what makes it allowed by the authority that's supposed to be protecting us. over population is controllable if there's not enough room to house all the prisoners more establishments could be built but I don't think the government can rebuild the prisoner that was put to death. most public executions which are designed for the ones who lost someone due to the criminal acts of a prisoner are tended not to be watched by the ones who wanted amends from the death of a prisoner, which in return makes the point of executing them unneeded. the lethal injection method of death has been used as a method rather than hanging or electrocution but there has been cases of prisoners surviving and needed another dose making the execution painful and that is inhuman creating a painful death it is suppose to be quick and painless. the death penalty is barbaric and outdated an eye for an eye is words to live by but when the judiciary system takes it into their hands it isn't right and could be easily taken care of by life in prison. in the constitution it states that people have the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness the big one being life. those lives that have been lost due to the death penalty could have contributed to the world in some way but since there put to death ther3e actions may never have spread maybe one of those who lost their lives could have found the cure to cancer what I'm getting at is that no life is worth taking exspecialy not by our government.
HMcGreenNHS

Pro

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