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How do you feel about the death penalty? Is this humane? Can you give an example from the history of society, the most significant in your opinion?

Dec 31, 2012 8:18 AM
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I have always felt the death penalty was reasonable punishment for those convicted of murder; however, my opinion has changed with my age.  I still have no moral problem with the death penalty but I no longer have as much faith in the judicial system which makes the decision.  In the U.S., a person's financial resources can play a big role in the decision of the prosecutor to ask for the death penalty or not.  Those without money will usually be prosecuted in a more vigorous manner, as they lack the ability (money) to fight the charges.  This is true in both minor and death penalty crimes.  Therefore, my problem is not really with the death penalty but with the system which decides who is put to death.  I do think that the U.S. justice system is one of the best systems in the world, but that isn't enough for me when it comes to death penalty cases. 

December 31, 2012

The correct way of thinking!
Could you give an example of a wrongful execution? 

December 31, 2012

I can see both arguments for and against the death penalty.

On the one hand, executing a criminal quickly will prevent this person commiting another crime and save the society the cost of housing and food in a prison.

On the other hand, I would like to believe that everyone can be redeemed and after learning from their mistakes will go on to lead a productive and kind life. Unfortunately, my experiences in life have not yet showed this belief to be a reality, but I continue to hope.

From a more general perspective, there is also the problem of mistaken identity, sometimes the state executes the wrong person.

 

December 31, 2012
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