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mherrington
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jpeel
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life in prison without parole is preferable to the death penalty

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Started: 12/12/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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mherrington

Con

I think that the death penalty is more preferable for prisoners even though it is not for the general public because they would rather have the death penalty then spend their entire lives in jail without a chance of getting out.
jpeel

Pro

I believe that life in prison without parole is preferable to the death penalty because although you do not have the opportunity to leave prison, the death penalty takes your life. People believe that the death penalty would be a cheaper alternative than life in prison, however because the constitution requires a long judicial process for capital cases. This is to prevent innocent men and women from being executed and is logical.
Debate Round No. 1
mherrington

Con

Even though the death penalty is more expensive it is an extremely powerful deterrent. When put on death row prisoners and lawyers do everything they can to stay out of death penalty because they want to go to prison even though they don't know what it is like. Most people would rather die then go to prison because 42 out of 100,000 people are murdered in prison and 4 percent of people report one or multiple situations where the have been sexually assaulted. Prison is also consider hell to many of the people sentenced to certain crimes against the "code". If a pedophile is sent to prison then he is beat relentlessly or often times killed because sexually assaulting little kids is against their code. the death penalty also gives the victims families closure for the crimes they have committed. A life for a life.
jpeel

Pro

When you state "A life for a life" then that opinion is only held by some families of the victims. However, many families are already suffering and the long process that comes with the death penalty would extend their suffering. Locking up the prisoner will allow closure for most families. Also, this avoids putting the criminal in the headlines and focuses on the family and loved ones of the victim and the community rather than the crime and what happened. Lastly, using life in prison without parole would save millions of dollars that could be spent on violence-prevention efforts, solving unsolved cases, and increasing victim services (where the focus should be). For example, California has spent more than $4 million on capital punishment, which is $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out.
Debate Round No. 2
mherrington

Con

That is a lot of money to be killing 13 people but so many more are facing death because of their hideous crimes. Lavere bryant, a habitual offender for sexual assault, murdered two 20 year old family dollar tree employees and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. the family of the victims said and I quote " I hope you feel the fear and torture you put them through, every moment of every single day, as long as you rot in prison for eternity, and when you rot in hell" . If Bryant was sentenced to the death penalty it might have given the family more closure and would have been expensive but is a powerful deterrent for other murderers and habitual offenders. not only does it provide justice but it also contributes to the problem of overpopulation in prisons today. With over population there are a lot of violent and dangerous people that are let free after a couple years in prison because of over population.
jpeel

Pro

There are bad people out there who deserve to die do not get me wrong. However, there is no doubt the death penalty withholds too many risks and has too many cons to be considered preferable. These criminals most likely want to die as well, so part of their punishment should be suffering in prison. No one wants to spend the rest of their lives in prison but they still have opportunities to stay connected with the outside world through family visits and everyone has the opportunity to change. Even if they don't change they are under the control of the prisons and will die there. Saying he doesn't deserve to live is probably true but it is better to make him suffer then let him take the easy way out. Overall it is a better choice for capital punishment.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by ablais 2 years ago
ablais
Good stuff here. You must be in a law class with an awesome teacher.
Posted by dhardage 2 years ago
dhardage
Do some time in prison before you offer an opinion. Otherwise you have no real reference to even discuss this issue.
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