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The death penalty should not be outlawed

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Started: 10/29/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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The opponent must simply argue that the death penalty should be outlawed. I will defend that it should not be outlawed.


I will argue against the death penalty.

The number one reason why the death penalty is outlawed is because you can kill an innocent person who was wrongfully charged. If someone's put in jail, you can release them, but if you kill them, there's no coming back. Since 1973, 150 people have had their death sentence over turned, in some cases minutes before their execution. (Staff Report, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil & Constitutional Rights, 1993, with updates from DPIC)

People who kill white people are three times as likely to get the death penalty as someone who kills a black person. So if a white or black person kills a white person their more likely to get death than if they killed a black person (Pierce & Radelet, Santa Clara Law Review, 2005)

And lastly, the death penalty doesn't deter murder at all. The southern states which account for 80% of all executions have the highest murder rates also (2014 FBI Uniform Crime Report)
Debate Round No. 1


I would like to begin by stating that i am against widespread use of capitol punishment because it does quite often kill the innocent, and it is more expensive than life in prison, but that being said, i do not think it should be illegal. Here is why:

First, i would like to point out that the constitution provides for the death penalty. (or at least suggests such a provision) "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" (14th Amendment). This indicates that there are cases in which the life can legally be taken from a person. (see also the 5th amendment). So it is legally implied.

Second, murders and rapists can still murder and rape those in prison, unless they are isolated. In the case of serial killers and rapists, this often causes insanity. Therefore, for the sake of the others in prison as well as themselves, they aught to be executed.

Third, prison, while bad, it not bad enough to punish certain crimes (in fact, some prisons provide better lives for the people in them than the ones they had before they were in prison.

Fourth, some criminals (like traitors) are still just as dangerous in prison as they are out, because they still have top secret information that they could convey to others. Thus, to protect the nation, these people would need to be executed.
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