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Started: 1/2/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The Death Penalty is outright ludicrous. No man made institution should have the ability to play God with an individuals life. It is unlawful and immoral to put a person to death, no matter what crime was committed. Deciding life or death for a person should only be up to a divine creator, if one existed. Human life is a gift itself, no establishment should have the power to take your one and only life away from you. Murder doesn't justify murder, no matter what illegal act occurred.

There have been countless instances of wrongful death penalty convictions. This is inevitable, as our legal system is run by human beings, and human beings make mistakes. However, once you take a person's life away from them, you cannot bring it back. Since 1989, approximately 1,241 people were wrongfully convicted of the Death Penalty and were sitting on death row awaiting their execution date. These individuals were later exonerated and cleared of all charges based on evidence that proved their innocence. There is no way to tell how many of the thousands of people executed since 1976 may have been innocent as well. This is an astonishing miscarriage of justice, and it needs to stop now.

Putting a human being in charge of anything important is dangerous in itself. People can be bribed, power hungry, or may just make simple mistakes. But when it comes to the Death Penalty, if you make a mistake, you cannot bring that person back. It's that simple. The Death Penalty is no different for shooting someone in the face for shooting somebody else in the face. This is a very barbaric punishment and it has no place in modern society.


J. Edgar Hoover, late director of Federal Bureau of Investigations, asks the

following questions: “Have you ever thought about how many criminals escape

punishment, and yet, the victims never have a chance to do that? Are crime victims in the United States today the forgotten people of our time? Do they receive full measure of justice?


Justice Stewart held in the Supreme Court in Gregg v. Georgia:

Although some of the studies suggest that the death

penalty may not function as a significantly greater

deterrent than lesser penalties, there is no convincing

empirical evidence supporting or refuting this view.

We may nevertheless assume safely there are murders,

such as those who act in passion, for whom the threat of

death has little or no deterrent effect. But for many others,

the death penalty undoubtedly, is a significant deterrent.

There are carefully contemplated murders, such as murder

for hire, where the possible penalty of death may well enter

the cold calculus that precedes the decision to act

Debate Round No. 1


You are right. There have been thousands and thousands of criminals who have committed unimaginable crimes and got away with it. But usually, those are the people who wouldn't be charged with the Death Penalty, or the crime for that matter, under any circumstance in the first place.

Your argument seems to be that The Death Penalty is needed because it acts as a full proof deterrent for murder. There is no evidence at all that supports that claim. A person who wants to kill somebody is going to do it regardless of the Death Penalty being legal in His or Her residence. Any obstruction of justice must have some sort of repercussion. That's the whole point of a criminal charge. It's supposed to act as a deterrent first, meaning a person whom is contemplating committing a crime will think "Man, what if I get caught doing this? is it really worth it?" I think that it is safe to assume that there are plenty of far more reasonable punishments rather than murdering somebody for murdering somebody.

Yeah, the thought of the Death Penalty MIGHT cross an individuals mind. But that isn't going to stop him. This is irrefutable because states where the Death Penalty is legal still have numerous murders. All it does is just give the judge the power to play God. This is why the Death Penalty should be eliminated altogether. Far too many people are sitting on death row for a crime that they did not do.

The Law is supposed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people. The government is supposed to serve us, not kill us. It is not in the best interests for the citizens of America to be faced with a potential charge of Death by any Government Institution. No son of a judge or friend of a congressman will be charged with death. But an ordinary citizen like me and you would.

You cannot solve murder with murder. The Death Penalty in itself is just an abomination of the law and is a perfect example of how our the government has over stepped its boundaries in this country.


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