Post # 1
Over the years I’ve gone back and forth on the death penalty. A few days ago there was an inmate in Ohio who was executed but due to the new combination of drugs, there has been a backlash about it bring cruel and unusual punishment as it actually took him 24 minutes to die and he basically was suffocating the entire time (from what I understand)
i do not think we (as the US entirely) should be handing out the death sentence if its not level playing field for all criminals. For example, someone could murder 10 people in one state and spend like in prison but it another state be sentenced to death. It’s also been proven that its often times minorities who receive the death penalty when their white peers who committed similar crimes are not. For that reason, I do not think the death penalty should be handed out.
Post # 3
As much as I would like to say yes, it should be continued, I don’t think in my heart it should. Murdering people who murder people just doesn’t sit right with me.
Post # 5
I don’t agree with the death penalty at all. I don’t think it’s right to murder other people, regardless of circumstance or legality. Also, I hate thinking about innocent people who were sentenced to death. Thankfully, the death penalty was abolished in Canada in the 70s.
Post # 6
@Ninteenthchance: I am against it for two reasons….
1) its the fucking easy way out! They should suffer in jail.
2) what happens if we find out later onthat the person who got the death penalty wasnt the one who committed the crime? Which has happened before. Its not right.
Post # 7
We no longer have the death penalty here. The last hanging here was back in the 1960’s, and the whole practice was stopped in the 70’s. And I’m happy about that, since it seems quite hypocritical to kill someone as punishment for killing someone else, or for doing some other horrible crime. Also, I’d rather that a prisoner actually spend the remainder of their days rotting in prison for the crime they committed, than have them take the easy way out, which is death.
Post # 8
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I think it’s barbaric and we as a society should have advanced past “Well, he started it” by now.
Basically I don’t think the point of our justice system should be revenge, but rather to keep dangerous people away from the public and rehabilitate where possible. I work for a company that supplies things like soccer balls, DVDs, and games to the Texas juvenile prisons but my coworkers and others are totally offended that the criminal kids get any type of fun. They think prison should be complete punishment, whereas I believe it is the right thing to supply the kids with healthy outlets for their energy so that when they are released they are less likely to commit crimes.
I have a pretty unpopular opinion in my state (WOO DEATH PENALTY! WE’RE #1!) but I don’t care.
Post # 9
I have mixed feelings about it. If someone did the horrendous things he did to MY child, I would have injected those drugs myself, with no qualms whatsoever.
Post # 10
I would like to point out that Dennis McGuire, the Ohio man who took 24 minutes to die, was a murderer himself. He was convicted of the rape and murder of a 22 year old woman named Joy Stewart, who was seven months pregnant.
Post # 11
There are WAY too many innocent on death row.
Once there is a more concrete way to prove someone’s guilt, then I will support the death penalty
But for now, there’s way to much room for mistake.
Post # 12
They got rid of it in 1965 here so I have never thought about it
But do I agree with it? No in no circumstances ecer
Post # 13
I don’t believe in the death penalty. It’s barbaric and impossible to undo when the inevitable mistakes in the judicial system occur.
Fortunately, it was abolished here in the UK a good while back.
Also, what I truly cannot understand is the sheer awfulness of the process in the US. Not just the means of execution which seem positively medieval but also the delay in administration that keeps people on Death Row for years. Thus effectively punishing them twice by making them serve a prison sentence before meeting their ultimate demise at the hands of the state. If countries have a death penalty then they should get on administer it in the way that used to happen here where people had a right of appeal but, basically, if their appeal failed, they went from sentence to execution relatively quickly. Keeping people on Death Row indefinitely just makes a barbaric system all the more uncivilised.
Post # 14
I don’t think it is very effective. First, the inmate spends years and years on Death Row and the cost to keep them there is unbelievable. Second, it is generally a sentence handed down by the jury and I just don’t think they are unbias enough to decide this. Like someone above said, the likelihood of a black man getting the death sentence versus a white woman is quite high. Obviously there are other factors at play there, but it is still a concern.
If we do continue it, it needs to be carried out much more quickly and effectively. I don’t know why we ever got rid of a firing squad.
Post # 15
Some of the people on death row that are there due to ‘circumstantial evidence’ makes me a bit sick to my stomach. If they can find a concrete way to prove someone is guilty than I would have no problem with the death penalty.
Post # 16
I’m against it only because it doesn’t seem like a harsh enough punishment. (and also, if you don’t kill someone, innocent people can be rescued from a wrong conviction)
life can be made hell. but once you’re dead, you can’t feel a thing. and someone who brings lifelong heartache to a family.. should be made to feel and share in that pain too. not put to sleep.