At 5/20/12 02:23 AM, Dorkcraft wrote:
At 5/14/12 03:06 AM, digiman2024 wrote:
There is absolutely no reason to have to kill someone for committing a crime.
most will say i am nuts for this opinion, i think we need to expand the death penalty to include rapist and drug dealers, bet you would see a drop in those types of crime real quick.
the states have these rules for a reason, and its not because they just want to be pricks.
Agreed. Even in cases of murder, there is no justification for the death penalty except for retribution and vengeance. No case can be made for deterrence - a recent report by the National Research Center stated that the deterrence argument is 'fundamentally flawed' and 'should not be used in making policy decisions.'
Moreover, public opinion does seem to be turning against the death penalty, as the number of death row sentences has dropped dramatically every year since 1999. A 2010 poll found that a stunning 61% of the participants would choose a punishment other than the death penalty. More importantly, a 2009 poll of US Police Chiefs found that the death penalty was last among preferred methods to reduce violent crime. Interestingly, many also viewed the death penalty as the least efficient use of taxpayer money (maybe that has something to do with the fact that so much more money is spent on capital cases - see Texas, who spends three times more to execute someone who could be imprisoned at the highest security level for 40 years).
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