Are you for or against the death penalty?

I have a really hard time saying that I am for the death penalty. The chance of a wrongful conviction makes me feel like I can't stand by it in practice.

I understand society feels this is a legitimate punishment but I have a hard time believing we have the right to kill someone who is not an immediate threat. If the person is able to be contained for life with no possibility of parole then that to me is okay.

How do you feel about the death penalty?

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    06/24/14
    8Theresa Gould
    With technology the way it is, I don't think there should be a wrong conviction in this day and age with DNA testing etc. I am for the death penalty because I believe people would think twice about crimes committed that would not just give them jail time. There's something to be said of countries with the death penalty and their low crime rates. Then again I haven't researched it since high school so maybe I am waaay off.
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    06/24/14
    I agree it could be a deterrant.

    But DNA testing isn't foolproof. There were the five gentleman exonerated after being wrongly imprisoned just this week. I don't think any of them were on death row but they did lose a portion of their lives due to being wrongfully accused.

    On the flip side, it should be easier to prove a case with the new forensic testing available now. It has vastly improved since the 1990's.
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    06/25/14
    8Theresa Gould
    I think DNA testing and other technology are far more advanced that it was years ago. And how can DNA testing be wrong?
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      06/24/14
      One of my favorite tv shows is Lockup...you really get to see the people who I guess you could say deserve the death penalty. Normally their behavior continues in prison and they often kill again while there. I think that it shouldn't be based solely on their crime but also on their frame of mind. There are people in prison who will openly admit that if and when they are ever let out then they will kill again.
      I am with you on the chance of someone being innocent...I think that if there is no confession or DNA proof then the death penalty should not even be considered.
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        06/24/14
        4Rina
        I am completely against it. It's like JK Rowling wrote in Harry Potter (and I'm paraphrasing here): Taking a life does something to your own soul, even if it is deserved. A lifetime in solitary confinement is a very effective (and in some ways worse) punishment.
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