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Death Penalty CBA

Individual Rights v. Common Good
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Charles Randolph

on 1 June 2010

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Transcript of Death Penalty CBA

The Death Penalty CBA Individual Rights OR The Common Good? Individual Rights The Eighth Amendment Forbids Cruel and Unusual Punishment Trop v Dulles (1958) Punishments must be "consistent with evolving standards of decency" The Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause Minorities are executed more than white people. Killing someone is inherently cruel and unusual. Some states no longer have the death penalty, indicating that it no longer is consistent with modern standards of decency. And the death penalty is applied unevenly, with crimes meriting capital punishment in some states, while only a life sentance in others. Common Good Public Safety Safety for the Jail Guards. And for innocent people in cases that the inmate escapes. The Cost of Jailing Criminals Many people don't want their taxes to pay for keeping criminals alive in jail. They Deserve Death "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth." "He who lives by the sword will die by the sword." My Personal Views I feel that the death penalty is an unconstitutional violation of a person's individual rights. The Public Safety Argument is Invalid The Cost of Jailtime is less than Execution Criminals Do deserve The most severe penalty: Life in Jail Jail security is good enough nowadays that jailguards are safe, and escape from jail is nearly impossible. Many citizens also don't want their taxes to support murder. Having a lifetime to contemplate one's crimes in prison is a sufficient punishment, often a harsher one than the death penalty.
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