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BlackDdraig wrote:Hm..double debate here. True, I do think that for someone who have done crimes that deserve them a place on death row, giving them lethal injection is kinda like an easy way out. I mean, the families that they effected now have to live their lives without the people that they loved and the person who did it...hardly might seem like justice to the victim's family. Though, that is only one side. Then, you have the issue of that it does cost the state government money to house someone for the rest of their life (randomly pulled from the California state government page) it can cost nearly $50,000 a year to house an inmate. So for someone arrested for capitol crimes in their 20's or so, they could have a good 50 years worth of living to do.
So...I have no opinion? Nah, more is it is to late and I shouldn't be trying to formulate a good debate while I am sick
MadameRed wrote:People who are on death row have done unspeakable things to get there in the first place. Unfortunately, most of them rot away and die on death row and never actually reach lethal injection.
If you happily slaughtered hundreds of people and admitted to it with no guilty conscience whatsoever, I think the gallows is too good for you.
But then again, I believe in an eye for an eye. If someone beats an old lady to death with a bat simply for the contents of her purse or for the ring on her finger, then they should be taken out the same way. Harsh? Yes, very.
But I bet criminals would think twice about committing such crimes.
Wolfsister wrote:I don't really support the death penalty, but not because it's harsh. I don't think it's harsh enough; it gives them a fast, simple out, no matter how bad we think death may be. If someone hurt me in some way bad enough to warrant the death penalty, I would probably vote instead for their continued life in jail where they can suffer longer for what they did. Of course, I'm not terribly proud of that opinion, but I've always had a hard time accepting that bad people automatically go to some terrible hell, so death just seems too easy.
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