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Magdalena Leiva & Sebastián Morales, Argumentation
Dominique Sancy & Paulina Gómez, Counter argumentation
Sebastián Verdugo, Conclusion Quote from Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics and "the world's most famous equation", said: "I have reached the conviction that the abolition of the death penalty is desirable" In conclusion: The Universal Declaration
of Human Rights Article 5.“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”
Article 6. “Every human being has the inherent right to life. This right shall be protected by law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life” Source: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(www.un.org/en/documents/udhr) Cost of death penalty Source: Death Penalty Information Center
(www.deathpenaltyinfo.org) Contrary to popular belief, death penalty is more expensive than life imprisonment, due to the fact that the judicial process of death penalty is longer; inmates require more care, inter alia.
For the motion ‘Death penalty should not exist’ Important Concepts Parole: is the release of a convicted criminal after serving a portion of their sentence due to good behaviour.
Death Penalty: Also known as capital punishment, is a legal process whereby a person is put to death as a punishment for a crime.
Death penalty was practised by most societies, currently only 58 nations actively practise it, and 97 countries have abolished it. Source: Albert Einstein p.83, Albert Einstein-The human side, Princeton University Press 1979. Source: www.definitions.uslegal.com/p/parole
Boundless - The Death Penalty should not exist In today’s world, the death penalty debate revolves around a number of questions such as: Source: Death Penalty Focus (www.deathpenalty.org) Nowadays, the vast majority of countries in Western Europe, South America and North America, more than 139 nations worldwide, have abandoned capital punishment in practice or in law. Quote from
Desmond Tutu "To take a life when
a life has been lost,
is revenge, not justice" Odell Barnes Desmond Tutu, a South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid, said: Abolishion of death penalty Cost in millions: Death Penalty 40 years of prison 2.3 0.7 Innocent people It is unavoidable that innocent people will be convicted of crimes, and sooner or later, they will get killed. Consequently, we are denying them the possibility to change and to vindicate their past actions Preventing Crimes Authorities and society in general should be worried about how to prevent crimes and murders, not what to do after someone has committed them. One of the most effective methods to reach this objective is by educating our children and teaching them how to control themselves. Source: Le Mauricen, french newspaper Death penalty is no solution to combating crime Community Payback Questions Is death penalty intended primarily as a punishment?
Do criminals commit such horrible crimes that they forfeit the right to live? Quote by Mahatma Gandhi "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" Mahatma Gandhi, who inspired movements for non-violence, civil rights and freedom across the world, said: Source: Gandhi International Institute for Peace
For example, in Louisville, United States, where death penalty is applied, the murder rate is 17.5, nevertheless, in the state of providence, where death penalty is not applied, the murder rate is only 3.6. Source: ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) Murder Rate Murder Rate Louisville Providence Definition of Justice Justice: “the quality of being fair and reasonable”
A study made examined more than 2,000 homicides that took place in Georgia. It was found that black defendants were 1.7 times more likely to receive the death penalty than white defendants and that murderers of white victims were 4.3 times more likely to be sentenced to death than those who murdered black people Source: Oxford dictionary,
New York Times & University of Iowa According to the National Academics of Science in the US ”with the exception of nuclear DNA analysis, no forensic method can demonstrate a connection between evidence and a specific individual”
According to Amnesty International, In the USA, a 130 people sentenced to death have been found innocent since 1973 and released from death row. Source: National Academics of Science in the US
Amnesty International Innocent people Life sentence without parole In addition to this, according to The Sacramento Bee, more than 3500 men and women have received life sentence without parole in California since 1978 and not a single person was released She is Vera Ramirez-Clutcher, who opposed to death penalty despite having her son Donald Bruce murdered. Source: The Sacramento Bee Who couldn’t afford a lawyer, asked in his last meal for "equality, world peace and justice" We live in a society which is always looking forward to justice
and to progress Doris Mote Doris Mote, mother of a 14 year
old who was raped and murdered, said: “Capital Punishment is not going to do anything for the murder victims. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my daughter’s murder, that’s it.” What is more, by killing, you are denying
the possibility of repentance. Should we really
apply death penalty when there are other less cruel and more efficient options? 17.5 3.6 Cameron Todd Willingham Colin Campbell Ross Source: The Innocent Project WA (www.innocenceprojectwa.org.au) Derek Bentley Timothy Evans Black Defendants White Defendants