Without death penalty, prisons would be overloaded. Criminals would be released to make room for new criminals and many of these criminals who were sentenced for life for murdering or raping someone would be roaming the streets where you live. lots of tax money is wasted on these criminals, people who plan to murder would have nothing to fear since they are guaranteed they won't get any harsh punishment and that would increase the crime rate. And the planet is already over populated, so why not get rid of the rotten apples?

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Have you read many of the previous posts on here Brad? After reading those that dismantle the claims for any benefit from the death penalty, with evidence to show that it doesn't affect the incidence of violent crime and that innocents are killed, would you still want to be the person responsible for deciding that the life of a person you don't know or understand is extinguished, just to try to tidy things up a bit?!
We Texans have something amazing. We have two types of "life sentences." One is life where you have the possibility of parole after 40 years, and another: life without the possibility of parole.
That's the reason for life without parole -- it means what it implies and it's not irreversible in the case of wrongful convictions.
If a person is wrongly convicted they aren't paroled they are pardoned and the conviction is expunged from their record.
And they get hundreds of thousands of dollars compensation if they've been there a while...
I think the idea that the government has the power to end lives is something that people don't want. It's the concept of the thing. It makes people think about distopian future novels...

Also, there are cases where someone didn't commit a crime, and end up on death row for it. It's not a hugely common occurrence, but there are over 170 proven cases of that, one can only imagine the unproven innocent prisoners out there.

As for population, I'm not sure the difference it would make, but here in Utah, they released several prisoners because the jails were overcrowded. That... is no good.
I consider myself "pro death". I'm pro-choice on abortion, support the death penalty, and believe that suicide should not only be legal, but that we as a society should stop guilt tripping and demonizing it. Let people do what they want with their own lives, as long as it doesn't affect anyone else.
Suicide always effects someone else, it's the worst thing you can do to someone who loves you.
I agree, its very rare to find someone with no family and friends at all. And even then, it's likely strangers will be sad to hear of it.
True Maggie and Jezzy. And, as a volunteer telephone counsellor, I can testify to the many people who have been ready to end their lives but changed their minds when they had the chance to get through that phase and re-establish the meaning in their lives that made them want to live on. Noah, if you're talking euthanasia then there's some merit to not "demonising it", but to let someone end their life when they're depressed, grief-stricken, feeling hopeless etc because they deserve the choice? Man, you have a lot to learn about psychology.
Ancient cultures (Rome, etc.) would judge us insane to spend $30,000 per prisoner, per year to feed, clothe and house inmates, when we spend maybe, $10,000. per year / per public school student. People who have 20-page rap sheets for armed robbery, attempted murder, etc. are not likely "innocent victims" of the legal system. Prisoners ought to be required to support themselves in prison. Don't we have an island somewhere that the worst could be sent to permanently? As for the death penalty, I think anyone who molests or abuses a child ought to be executed in public, so that children KNOW we will protect them. As for other crimes? No. Too many people are coerced into confessing murder or convicted without evidence by stupid juries.
Yes it is useful to compare us to an Ancient culture (Rome), which was successful for far longer than we have existed (try 1000 years). Our legal system is based on their contract law and republican form of government, our engineering, public works, and basic infrastucture come from them also. Try law & order, free trade, and social mobility. Oh yeah - and they weren't racist like us. It's disturbing to see that atheists are as ignorant of history and cultural origins as fundamentalist religionists.

As for child rapists - how many do we actually catch and stop? How many times do we see a molestor arrested who has multiple previous arrests and convictions? How many drug addicts and criminals were abused as children? The cycle just goes on and on. YES, we must protect children. If we can't do that, what kind of low-lifes are we? Americans want to talk tough, but where's the proof of conviction?

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