Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicPolls & Surveys · 1 decade ago

what are your thought about death penalty?



oopsss sorry. i meant "thoughts"


26 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    I live in Texas, and I supported capital punishment for a long time, but the more I learned about it, the more I came to oppose it. In the end, several factors changed my mind:

    1. By far the most compelling is this: Sometimes the legal system gets it wrong. In the last 35 years in the U.S., over 130 people have been released from death row because they were exonerated by DNA and other evidence. These are ALL people who were found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Unfortunately, DNA evidence is not available in most homicide cases. So, as long as the death penalty is in place, you are pretty much GUARANTEED to occasionally execute an innocent person.

    Really, that should be reason enough for most people to oppose it, but there are many others:

    2. Cost: Because of higher pre-trial expenses, longer trials, jury sequestration, extra expenses associated with prosecuting & defending a DP case, and the appeals process (which is necessary - see reason #1), it costs taxpayers MUCH more to execute prisoners than to imprison them for life. This disparity becomes even greater when you consider the time value of money – most of the costs of capital punishment are up-front, occurring before and during the trial itself, whereas most of the costs of life imprisonment are spread over the term of incarceration (usually 30-40 years).

    3. It is not a deterrent. In fact, violent crime rates are consistently HIGHER in death penalty jurisdictions. This may seem counterintuitive, and there are many theories about why this is (Ted Bundy saw it as a challenge, so he chose Florida – the most active execution state at the time – to carry out his final murder spree). It is probably due, at least in part, to the high cost (see #2) - every extra dollar spent on capital punishment is one that's NOT going to police departments, drug treatment programs, education, and other government services that help prevent crime. Personally, I think it also has to do with the hypocrisy of taking a stand against murder…by killing people. The government fosters a culture of violence by saying, ‘do as I say, not as I do.’

    4. It is inconsistently and arbitrarily applied. Factors that should be irrelevant (geography, race of the victim, poor representation, etc.) are all too often the determining factors in whether someone gets death versus life in prison.

    5. There’s also an argument to be made that death is too good for the worst criminals. Let them wake up and go to bed every day of their lives in a prison cell, and think about the freedom they DON’T have, until they rot of old age. When Ted Bundy was finally arrested in 1978, he told the police officer, “I wish you had killed me.” Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (the architect of the 9/11 attacks) would love nothing better than to be put to death. In his words, "I have been looking to be a martyr [for a] long time."

    6. Most governments are supposed to be secular, but for those who invoke Christian law in this debate, you can find arguments both for AND against the death penalty in the Bible. The New Testament (starring Jesus) is primarily ANTI-death penalty. For example, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus praises mercy (Matthew 5:7) and rejects “an eye for an eye” (Matthew 5:38-39). James 4:12 says that GOD is the only one who can take a life in the name of justice. In John 8:7, Jesus himself says, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone."

  • 1 decade ago

    How can one be VERY sure that they have the guilty man/woman?

    I believe in eye for an eye, for sure...but I often wonder about the guilt of some people on death row.

    I vacillate between supporting it and being against it....

  • 1 decade ago

    i believe in that "eye for an eye"..but it's tricky. because some think a lifetime in prison is worse than the death penalty when it comesto punishments

  • 1 decade ago

    I think that it depends on the offense, but our prisons are already overcrowded and costing us too much money. I'm all for it!

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  • Me
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Take all the rapists and murderers and child molesters outside and shoot 'em! I

  • 1 decade ago

    some ppl honestly deserve it. A life for a life.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I think prison for life is better...they suffer more :)

  • I honestly have no thoughts on it.

    In my country, it's been abolished.

  • Joseph
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Depends on the crime.

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