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Do you believe in the death penalty?

Discussion in 'Political Debates' started by Spiderman, Feb 8, 2017.

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  1. Yes

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    38.6%
  2. No

    27 vote(s)
    61.4%
  1. Jeremiahcp

    Jeremiahcp Well-Known Jerk

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    And a baseball looks just like a tractor.
     
  2. siti

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    I kinda wish you hadn't but OK, here goes...

    You mean an ideal world without state-sponsored killing - meaning that we would have trillions of dollars spare to keep a few individual murderers in jail rather killing them too? Interesting idea. I don't have time to dig into the numbers right now, but I think you'll find the math of your argument just doesn't add up. It probably costs more to have people on death row for decades of legal checks and balances before we are comfortable with the justifiability of the ultimate sanction than it would to say - well, you've done the crime, you're gonna do the time - and lock them up for the rest of their natural. And the money that it costs doesn't end up helping the victim or keeping, never mind correcting, the criminal - it goes in the lawyers' pockets.
     
  3. suncowiam

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    You're right, we should kill the lawyers too. :p

    Whatever overhead you mentioned or haven't listed still doesnt negate the cost to sustain an inmate beyond their supposed euthanization date. I would still rather use that cost on more deserving individuals.
     
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  4. siti

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    Well, I reckon it must cost approximately between 2 and 3 times as much per year to keep a prisoner on death row compared to a prisoner in the general prison population. The average time on death row is about 15 years, and the average time for lifer from sentencing to death (natural or otherwise whilst still in the prison system) is about 37 years (average age at sentencing is about 28 and life expectancy for lifers is about 65) - so I think we should just about break even.
     
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  5. psychoslice

    psychoslice Veteran Member

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    I think peoples lives cannot be measured by money and coast, that sounds like barbarism, not a civilized why of thinking at all.
     
  6. siti

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    Yikes! But that's not what I am saying anyway - just illustrating that the oft-repeated cost-benefit defense of the death penalty is essentially groundless. I wasn't measuring people's lives just quoting a few (approximate) statistics from memory (someone might want to find the latest data but I doubt it would be significantly different).
     
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    Well really who cares about data, we are talking about human lives, for god sake.
     
  8. ajay0

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    As a believer in reincarnation, I don't think death penalty effectively removes criminals from society. They get reborn again and commits the same crimes again through unconscious tendencies under a stimulative environment.

    An effective spiritual education comprising the study of values, inculcation of sensitivity and loving kindness to animals, stress management, study and practice of meditation in childhood itself will be an effective antidote to crime and criminal tendencies, imho.
     
  9. psychoslice

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    Yea, but no proof.
     
  10. ajay0

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    Proof about what !
     
  11. psychoslice

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    reincarnation of course.
     
  12. siti

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    Not you, obviously - but some people might be interested.
    Yes - on both sides of the scales of justice - the victims and the murderers. I agree that the state should not kill people as a matter of principle but someone else brought up the question of the financial cost of keeping murderers in jail rather than executing them. I was merely showing that that argument is essentially fallacious because even if there is a cost it is insignificant - especially when compared to the astronomical annual cost of maintaining the state-sponsored killing machines we call 'defense'. It is not barbaric or uncivilized to consider the data - but it is surely dangerous to base our thinking solely on emotion - regardless of what conclusion we reach on particular issue..."for God's sake"!
     
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  13. Madhuri

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    I do actually, but only for those who are truly a danger to the lives of others. Like serial killers, terrorists etc. And only if proven beyond reasonable doubt.

    The reason I voted yes is because I don't see life imprisonment or the potential for their release back into society as reasonable alternatives. Life imprisonment is a waste of that person's life, possibly a fate worse than death, and a waste of money. And obviously release back into society is a stupid risk.

    Sometimes killing is necessary, such as with self defense. Putting down someone who is a danger to society, who would go on a shooting rampage, for instance, is self defense, imo.
     
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  14. psychoslice

    psychoslice Veteran Member

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    Yes we shouldn't bring emotions into it, but at the same time we shouldn't bring revenge into it, which is nothing more than a emotion also.
     
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    So you're advocating proactive justice like in the movie Minority Report?
     
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    Absolutely! And as far as I can make out the real reason for wanting to retain the death penalty - but If we refute the other arguments then those in favour of the death penalty will have to face that and defend the concept of "revenge killings" as the philosophical basis for the death penalty. OK - the 'yes' voters - your turn. I'm challenging the cost argument (you can refute with data if possible but I doubt it and there would have to be a significant difference) - and obviously there's no rehabilitation for an executed person so that's it - I'm suggesting that "revenge" is your only valid reason. Can you defend that?
     
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    I can defend any thing that goes against human rights, simply because its right !!.
     
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    Reincarnation as a theory has better acceptance in psychiatry than before thanks to the works of Dr. Ian Stevenson, Dr. Brian Weiss and Dr. Michael Newton.
     
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    ha, how ridiculous that is.
     
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    I don't know that safely behind bars is purely possible.
     
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