The Death Penalty: A Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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Zachary Cramer
Zachary Cramer
2 years ago
Reply to  Irl Cramer

I agree entirely…any error that leads an innocent person to be killed makes the death penalty too much. Life in prison may be bad for the innocent person, but at least it allows for the potential of release and fixing the problem (as we’ve tragically seen with some people exonerated after only 20, 30, 40 years) but still, better that then never!

I don’t understand the bloodlust some people have for the issue. If capital punishment was an effective “deterrent” then why do we still have it? Surely by now it should’ve worked and deterred everyone?

JJ Raain
JJ Raain
1 year ago

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 »

Howard449
Howard449
1 year ago

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?

Emily
Emily
11 months ago

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
Nathan
11 months ago

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.

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