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Do You Believe In Capital Punishment? [POLL]

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It is no secret that there are some sick human beings out on our streets who are basically ticking time bombs waiting to do something horrible to someone else. We have seen it lately in the form of harming children like the former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky. We have seen it in the form of killing innocent people like James Holmes did in an Aurora movie theater. The question is, do we lock these people up for life, or give them the death penalty? More than sixty percent of the population of the world lives under the threat of capital punishment. This holds true even though most countries in the world have declared the death penalty as illegal. This is due to the fact that the world’s most populous nations are still practicing it like China, the United States, India and Indonesia.

Proponents of the death penalty say it is an important tool for preserving law and order, deters crime, and costs less than life imprisonment. They argue that retribution or “an eye for an eye” honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy.

Opponents of capital punishment say it has no deterrent effect on crime, wrongly gives governments the power to take human life, and perpetuates social injustices by disproportionately targeting people of color (racist) and people who cannot afford good attorneys (classist). They say lifetime jail sentences are a more severe and less expensive punishment than death.

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