Hello everyone, i recently(20 minutes ago) started wondering what intelligent people thought about the death penalty, i consider myself by no means close to highly intelligent so i'd like to ask:

What do you think about the death penalty?

personally i don't like it, death isn't punishment fitting of crimes like rape, murder, kidnapping, child-molestation etc.

i think lifetime imprisonment is the way to go. ^^

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The originator of wikileaks has been called a terrorist.

Since killing terrorists is legal should Julian Assange the originator of wikileaks be assassinated?
I'm against killing defenseless people. Even if that person is objectively evil, once they are defenseless killing them is either murder or revenge; I'm comfortable with neither.
There are very real and serious flaws with the death penalty and the justice system as a whole. Given that, there have been innocent people put to death at the hands of the state, and there will continue to be. Given that, I can not support the death penalty. No government should be entrusted with the power to decide whether their citizens live or die. Also, our rights to life, liberty, and property are not granted to us by our government. They are inherent.
Innocents being murdered by the state is enough for me for oppose it. The thought is obscene.

Whenever an innocent is murdered by the state the executing judge and jury should be tried for manslaughter.
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Petition is on the web link. I don't know if petitions are paid attention to or matter. We can opine, but taking action is more... something.

By the way, I signed the petition here.  It would be ironic (and I maybe untrue) if one of the few in this discussion, who isn't fully anti-death penalty, is the only one who has done a tiny bit to prevent an execution....  

While there is alot if evidence of wrongfully convicted people getting released from prison from DNA evidence, I am not convinced that doing away with capital punishment is the way to go. I'm very afraid that if the death penalty is taken away that people will become even bolder in crimes knowing that the only thing that could happen is life in prison 
I highly doubt that the death penalty is the real deterrent. More then likely the deterrent is in the risk of death while committing the crime. The rationale probably doesn't go, "I shouldn't do that because they will execute me if I get caught." It's probably more like, "there isn't a real risk of me dying while I shoot this person" ,or "I know they have a gun, so I'm not going to rob them."
Prison sucks! I had the wonderful opportunity of working as a corrections officer for a year. I can guarantee you that no one wants to spend their life in prison, with the exception of those that have been in there so long that they become afraid of trying to survive in the outside world. I think a POW concentration camp is the only alternative lousier than prison.
Demonstrably untrue. If the death penalty was a deterrent, Texas would have the lowest violent crime rate in the country. Incidentally, it does not.
HOUSTON — The death penalty went on trial Monday in Texas, a state where more prisoners are executed every year than in any other and where exonerations of people on death row occur with surprising regularity.

"the Supreme Court had already ruled that the risk of an innocent person might be executed did not make the death penalty unconstitutional. He also said Mr. Green had no standing to challenge the law, since he had yet to be convicted."

"The Supreme Court had already ruled that the risk of an innocent person might be executed did not make the death penalty unconstitutional."

Mr. Green had no standing to challenge the law, since he had yet to be convicted.
Atheists should understand Pascals wager yet still bet against it.
Your chances of being convicted of murder and sentenced to death is higher than Pascals wager.

For information about wrongful convictions see the Innocence Project.

It's estimated that 8% of people on death row are innocent.

The governor of Illinois, George Ryan commuted all death sentences and placed a moratorium on execution until the judicial system is reviewed.

Why do Conservatives think government doesn't work, but know the judicial system is the best thing in the world?




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