- Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life.
- It is barbaric and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bill of Rights.
- The endless appeals and required additional procedures clog our court system.
- We as a society have to move away from the "eye for an eye" revenge mentality if civilization is to advance.
- It sends the wrong message: why kill people who kill people to show killing is wrong.
- Life in prison is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent.
- Other countries (especially in Europe) would have a more favorable image of America.
- Some jury members are reluctant to convict if it means putting someone to death.
- The prisoner's family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state.
- The possibility exists that innocent men and women may be put to death.
- Mentally ill patients may be put to death.
- It creates sympathy for the monsterous perpetrators of the crimes.
- It is useless in that it doesn't bring the victim back to life.
- The death penalty gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much.
- It creates another form of crime deterrent.
- Justice is better served.
- Our justice system shows more sympathy for criminals than it does victims.
- It provides a deterrent for prisoners already serving a life sentence.
- DNA testing can now effectively eliminate uncertainty as to a person's guilt or innocence.
- Prisoner parole or escapes can give criminals another chance to kill.
- It gives prosecutors another bargaining chip in the plea bargain process, which is essential in cutting costs in an overcrowded court system
Personally, I have always sat on the fence over this issue. In the ‘YES’ section, numbers 10 and 11 are compelling reason, in my opinion, for banning the death penalty.
In the ‘NO’ category number 6 worries me, because although DNA may be a ‘dead cert’ in identification, lab techs are not infallible, and mistakes are so easily made, and have been previously. (Don’t make me find links to those cases, pleeeeeease.)
Further, I do not know if it is our ‘right’ morally to take a life, whatever the circumstances. I am very interested in what you all think, and whether I can be swayed, finally, one way or the other over the death penalty issue.