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Should the Death Penalty be Allowed?

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Started: 10/20/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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I'm actually gonna be pro for this debate (Round 1 is going to be about the main question to the debate then we will go on from there)
Ok so to start off, We reserve the death penalty in the United States for the most heinous murders and the most brutal and conscienceless murderers. This is not, as some critics argue, a kind of state-run lottery that randomly chooses an unlucky few for the ultimate penalty from among all those convicted of murder. Rather, the capital punishment system is a filter that selects the worst of the worst...
Put another way, to sentence killers like those described above to less than death would fail to do justice because the penalty – presumably a long period in prison – would be grossly disproportionate to the heinousness of the crime. Prosecutors, jurors, and the loved ones of murder victims understand this essential point...

Perhaps most importantly, in its supreme gravity it [the death penalty] promotes belief in and respect for the majesty of the moral order and for the system of human law that both derives from and supports that moral order."

A couple of other really good reasons for the death penalty is

    1. Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life.

    1. It is barbaric and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bill of Rights.

    1. The endless appeals and required additional procedures clog our court system.

    1. We as a society have to move away from the "eye for an eye" revenge mentality if civilization is to advance.

    1. It sends the wrong message: why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong.

    1. Life in prison is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent.

    1. Other countries (especially in Europe) would have a more favorable image of America.

    1. Some jury members are reluctant to convict if it means putting someone to death.

    1. The prisoner's family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state, as well as going through the emotionally-draining appeals process.


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