Capital Punishment

 

Essentially,  the proponents of capital punishment argue that capital punishment  reduces the risks of future deaths by taking the perpetrator out from  society, as well as creating a deterrent effect among would be future  murderers. They also hold to the position that without the threat of  an eye for an eye, the fabric of society itself will fall apart.  While there is an element of risk of punishing an innocent, the  benefits outweighs the very rare incidents of wrong prosecution.

The  opponents, meanwhile, contend that there is no empiric data that  supporting the argument that capital punishment reduces or prevents  future deaths. In addition, they argue that rehabilitation is a more  humane method of punishment, a reflection on our higher sense of  morals. But most of all, there is a tendency to prosecute and convict  under-privileged minorities in a ratio that is extremely  disproportionate compared to their demographics. Opponents also like  to point out the fact that 98% of the district attorneys in death  penalty states are white, according to a paper written by Professor  Jeffrey Pokorak, published in the Cornell Law Review in 1998.

 

• I believe it should be abolished.

• The death penalty is unjust - if you’re rich you get away and if you’re poor you’re more likely to be convicted and killed.

• A lot of mistakes have been made in prosecutions and innocent people have been killed.

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