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Old 11-05-2008, 12:15 PM
 
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Studies have gone around in circles trying to prove whether or not the Death Penalty is an effective deterrent in the modern world. Some show that it is effective, while others do not.

Do you feel that the Death Penalty is an effective deterrent to crime? Why or why not?
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:55 PM
 
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It would be a deterrent if you use it without having cons sit on death row for years on end waiting for it to happen.
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Old 11-05-2008, 12:56 PM
 
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does caning and execution in singapore discourage crime. youbetcha. been there done that.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I don't think it should be considered a "deterent", but a way of ridding our society of the lowest of the low. Some crimes are so heinous that death for the perpetrator is the only "fair" thing. It's the ultimate punishment for the ultimate crime. Sometimes, the execution is so much "easier" than the way the victim was killed, that it hardly seems fair, either. But, why should taxpayers foot the bill for these monsters?
When guilt has been proven beyond any doubt, then execute.
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Old 11-05-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Ottawa, Canada
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of course a system would have to be set up. we couldnt always execute murders, because what about man slaughter? people drinking and driving or a sever crime of passion..

pedophiles, rapists and sex abusers on the other hand should be executed. not for the first conviction, because theres always a chance a mistake was made. but the likeliness that someone was accused of 3 seperate incidents of the same crime with evidence is almost undeniable.
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Old 11-05-2008, 04:57 PM
 
Location: NYC area
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pedophiles, rapists and sex abusers on the other hand should be executed.
Meaning, all rape victims and sex abuse victims would be murdered as a matter of course. If the punishment for fondling someone is death, and the punishment for murder is also death, you might as well eliminate the person most likely to have you convicted. Of course, some people would feel good about the death penalty for rape being on the books as a matter of principle, and don't care a fig about the practical effect for the victims.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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Studies have gone around in circles trying to prove whether or not the Death Penalty is an effective deterrent in the modern world. Some show that it is effective, while others do not.

Do you feel that the Death Penalty is an effective deterrent to crime? Why or why not?
How can it not be? Everybody fears death & once a guy is dead he cannot get out & commit more crimes. Now, letting it take decades to actually flip the switch cancels alot of the deterrant effect, turns it into life imprisonment in many cases, but that is what should be adressed.
In cases where its certain a person commited a capitol offense I think he should be executed within a week, on public tv.
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Old 11-05-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Montrose, CA
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It's not a deterrent. However, it does have its use in our society in terms of a couple things. For instance, getting rid of people who will never ever be safe to release -- like repeat violent sexual offenders and serial killers. Another reason to have the death penalty is that our society as a whole needs to feel as if justice has been served. Putting the offender to death is a way for those feelings of anger and the need for revenge to be satisfied. It also provides the families of victims with some sort of closure.

Now, I do firmly believe that the only people who should get the death penalty are the ones that have committed the crimes they are accused of beyond any shadow of a doubt. Unfortunately this hasn't historically been the case, and therein lies the problem with the death penalty -- surety that the person being killed is actually guilty of the crimes.
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Old 11-05-2008, 06:37 PM
 
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I think it definely prevent murders from being releaased after a few years and committing another murder as so often has happened in many states. There is no such thing has guaranteed life in prison. Even manson comes up for parol and could be released.
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Old 11-05-2008, 07:03 PM
 
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I agree with most of what has been stated already. The biggest problem with crime is not in finding ways to prevent it, but in stopping habitual criminals. Most crime is committed by a very small minority of people. These people are punished, released, and commit more crimes. In other words, criminals are a small group of people, who if given the chance continue to commit crimes do so. There is almost no statistical significance to those who are ever "rehabilitated" versus those who simply commit more crime as soon as they are released. So, however morally repugnant, a three strikes and your out policy towards any crime in general is probably the way to go for all crime. Obviously, murderers, rapists, and other psychopaths should be put to death as soon as is feasible. Criminals are that way by choice and statistics say that they almost always continue to make the same dumb choices. So we should definitely off them and save all the money that we waste with the rehabilitation mentality that keeps them in costly cages.

With that being said, no I don't think that the death penalty is a deterrent, because nobody thinks that they are going to get caught or they wouldn't act that way in the first place. Your average psychopath cares far more about committing the crime that is completely in their control than in some slight possibility in being apprehended.

Lol, texdav said it best, dead people do not commit any more crime.
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