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Should prisoners on Death Row be used for medical testing and experimentation

Asked by: Son_of_Socialism
  • Of course we should

    Whatever a person could've done to land a death row sentence makes them deserving of far less than a chance to propel science for the good of mankind. The kind of research we could complete with human subjects could save billions of lives of the people who deserve those lives.
    Medical testing isn't inherently inhumane as many people appearantly think, with modern technologies even surgical experiments would be painless. The worst outcome for drug testing would be death, but they're be killed with a drug meant to kill them anyway on death row.
    This obviously wouldn't be passed without regulations either, this is a civilized modern country for godsake, I don't know why people think it'd be all torture testing for every experiment.

  • Of Course, but it depends on the crime.

    Prisoners with a death sentence should at least get what they deserve. They should be able to pay for what they did. But, people outside the court order could be spiteful and mess with the sentence somehow. Make it seem like an innocent man is guilty and receives unnecessary punishment. Experimentation on them would save many complaints on the whole "animal testing." according to most people, it would be life saving to animals and be easier to determine what kills us rather than killing animals. Criminals are closer than other people than animals are.

  • Yes BUT there must be compensation for their time and it must be voluntary

    I would say that they can be tested and used for medical testing and experimentation only if they sign contracts that they agree to everything that will happen to them, and that they or their families or whatever will get a certain amount of money in return. Furthermore, every person should have various documents that they are willing participants in this. I agree to this only if they are voluntary, and they must be paid some sort of compensation. Granted this is somewhat giving a value to human life, but we already do this on a day-to-day basis by paying people minimum wage for most of their life.

  • Death row inmates should be used for human testing

    Death row inmates are sentenced to death, they have a set amount of pleas they have in a chance to get out of the sentence. If this does not work then their fate is sealed. We use the lethal injection to quickly kill them is costly and the prices or legally killing a man has gone up greatly in the years from just a simple hanging to expensive drugs. Now anyone can tell me that "Medical test on these inmates would cost even more so why are you saying this" Its not about the cost of it really its about the cost of the death penalty not being worth our tax dollars. If we used these inmates for medical testing there are likely chances that we as society could make medical breakthroughs in various fields that we would not be able to accomplish being only limited to testing on certain species or types of animals. And morally, yes it is wrong yes it is unconstitutional but these inmates know what they did and they know what they could be getting themselves into. If we use harsh punishments for harsh crimes it will put fear into future generations, likely making them not want to challenge the law and push its limits of what they can get away with. In the end it has potential to do more good than bad for a country and even the world itself. So yes, death row inmates should be used for human testing

  • Of course not.

    Regardless of the crimes that they have committed if would be unjust to prolong their pain and use them as lab rats for possibly cruel and unusual tests. There is no go of in torturing people. You are only mixing fire with fire. There is a reason why there are death row inmates; and that is because they are to pay for the crimes that they have committed. What would the government be saying if they passed this ludicrous notion? That we should punish someone for committing crimes and torturing people, but it is just when someone in a position political power experiments on living human beings and degrades them to the title of 'lab rat'? There is absolutely nothing just about torturing people, regardless of what position you are in of why you did so. Furthermore, it aldready causes taxpayers a huge sum of money to aid the government in creating the serums that guarantees death for these inmates and would only add insult to injury if we increase this tax even more to support the testing of medicines and serums on these inmates and then possibly using the death serum again as Son of Socialism may believe.

  • Equal Protection Under the Law

    Just by its very nature, experimentation would mean different outcomes for different subjects. Certainly at some point the subject of cruel and unusual would arise. The law proscribes a particular punishment and that is the thing that should be applied and nothing more. Prisoners should be allowed to choose to be a medical experiment subject if they wish.

  • No, they have basic human rights

    No, because they are still human and have basic human rights they do not become test rats. No matter what they did no one has the right to enslave someone, because of a crime they did. Someone should not be subject to torture, like medical experimentation that is just insane and unhuman. The opposition may say that if they do not care about hurting other, then why we would care what we do to them. However under international law they still have human rights, and we ourselves do not have rights to just put someone under that kind of torture. “UNITED NATIONS DECLARTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS” “Article 2” Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it is independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty. “Article 5” No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

    Posted by: MH16
  • No, it is immoral.

    A person on death row is on death row as a punishment for what they did (it is viewed by the government and courts as a fair and just punishment). Experimenting and testing does not fit into this punishment, and as such is not a form of justice. In any case it is immoral because the people on death row are still human beings. So unless they freely give consent for such experimenting or testing without any external pressuring or being forced to, than no, they should not be used for medical testing and experimentation.

  • Equal Protection Under the Law

    Put aside the notion of cruel and unusual punishments, certainly different subjects would endure different outcomes. The punishemsnt proscribed in the law is what should be applied, nothing more, nothing less. Prisoners should be have opportunity to volunteer for this experimentation, but must not be forced.

    There is also a slippery slope argument to be made. If this were allowed, its possible that it could be applied to lesser and lesser offenses as well.


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