The debate "Should the U.S have the death penalty" was started by
June 2, 2015, 10:54 pm.
34 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 29 people are on the disagree side.
That might be enough to see the common perception.
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I do think that the death penalty should exist in the US, but not for a reason as ignorant as revenge. Think of a better reason to take someone's life.
The death penalty has no impact on the prison population in its current form. If you'd like to use that as an argument you'd have to expand the death penalty greatly since most of the people in jail are nonviolent offenders. It seems like you're advocating for this by saying victims of domestic abuse and drugs would derive justice from the death penalty.
From this I can only assume that you are for putting nonviolent drug offenders and people charged with domestic violence to death. Did you know a death case costs the state about 10x more than a life in prison case? So you'd like us to flip the bill on a an exponentially larger number of death penalty cases in order to satisfy the thirst for revenge of the victims or their families?
The death penalty is financially irresponsible. It costs exponentially more to house death row inmates, and exponentially more to pursue the death penalty. This along with the fact that it does little to nothing to prevent violent crimes tells us that the only benefit the death penalty may have is to satisfy the victims family.
Vengeance is a poor substitute for justice and the two are not synonymous. Otherwise you'd have to argue that the person who assaulted someone should themselves be assaulted or even killed. The drug dealer who's wares kill a user should then also be killed by that logic. It just makes no sense in a practical kind of way.
It will stop overpopulation in prisons. Also, it can family members who suffered the pain of a criminal whether its rape, domestic abuse, or even involvement in drugs. Families can live knowing that the person who caused them harm is no longer alive. The parole system is a joke. It can give prisoners another chance to escape.
The death penalty is outdated, costly, and ineffective at deterring crime.