I'm British. We don't have the death penalty. If I had my way, we would stop extraditing criminals to America until the death penalty was abolished.
It's a stupid system. It doesn't deter (if it did, America would have a lower murder rate than Britain; never has, never will), and it does harm to the innocent that can't be compensated for.
EDIT - PWBAC, you've confused yourself with your own rhetoric. That should have read "there are educated people in schools; let's abolish schools". People are in schools BECAUSE they're ignorant, in the same way (theoretically) people are in prison because they committed crimes.
The same rhetoric also proves to be flawed because you've said "hospitals". You meant ICU. No-one is advocating we abolish prisons, just death row. So if there are well people on ICU, we should, by your logic, abolish ICU. But there aren't.
Also, in your country, hospitals (stupidly) aren't paid for by the state*, so the comparison doesn't stand anyway.
"You do not abolish a system simply because it sometimes fails" - unless, when it fails, it murders innocent people. That's why Ford no longer make cars with the fuel tank just behind the rear axle.
"It is equally absurd to tell us that everyone that has been released was found innocent." - They don't have to be 'found innocent'. See your next point:
"They merely raised more doubt" - You mean, like, reasonable doubt? So your point is that a presumption of reasonable doubt doesn't apply to new evidence found?
"Good luck finding work with that hanging over your head" - Well, by the same token, good luck finding work when you're DEAD.
DUDLEYSHARP - So 140 dead innocents would have convinced you, but 25-40 dead innocents doesn't? Fine, keep screwing up in the same way. Sooner or later you'll hit that magic number.
Dud, you're a pillock. Have you ever noticed that the jury system is designed to let people walk free if there's any reasonable doubt as to their guilt? That's something called "the Golden Thread", you inherited it from us, and it states that it is better to let a guilty man go free than it is to imprison an innocent man.
IMPRISON. That's what it says in the text books, but you? You'd murder innocents in the name of avenging crime.
Go and read Robert Bolt. If you'd cut down all the rules to hang the devil, where will you hide when the devil turns on you?
*Ben Franklin would have been behind socialised healthcare; remember, he invented the Fire Department. It's just that, in his day, the medical profession was chancers with arts degrees.