The Death Penalty: A Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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I”ve read the pros & cons about whether the death penalty deters crimes and I don’t think there is a definite answer. On one hand, as stated by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), “murder is committed in the heat of passion, under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or due to mental illness, giving little or no thought to the possible consequences of their acts.” On the other hand Paul H. Rubin, PhD, Professor of Economics at Emory University states, “almost all modern studies and all the refereed studies find a significant deterrent effect of capital punishment.” In my… Read more »

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When a family member or loved one is brutally murdered as a random act by a unrepentant criminal, I think you would feel different about capital punishment. Why should someone that commits such an unimaginable crime be allowed to spend his life being taken care of by our tax dollars? Maybe it’s not a deterrent, but shouldn’t the grieving be allowed some vengeance?

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The last statement is something to ponder on. Animals are given the luxury of painless deaths but we seem to derive joy in watching our fellow human beings wail in agony over a slow and painful death for a crime he may or may not have committed.

Nathan
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I agree that they should be given time to feel remorseful and set things right before given the option to be killed painfully. Yes, they committed the crime, but we can still allow them rethink their life and see what they have done. A good number of them would definitely repent as they already know what awaits them.