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The Death Penalty

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Curt Ring

on 4 May 2010

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Transcript of The Death Penalty

The Death Penalty In the United States First recorded execution in America dates back to 1608 The lawful imposition of death as punishment for a crime Changing Opinions Five Supporting and Five Opposing Arguments It can cost many times more to execute a person rather than holding them in prison for life. Supporting It may possibly violate the Bill of Rights Supporters say it is a type of crime deterrent DNA testing and different types of modern crime scene science almost eliminates all uncertainty of a person's guilt Prisoner parole or escapes can give criminals another chance to kill. It helps solve the problem of overpopulation in prisons It provides closure for a victim's family who have suffered through pain Opposing Most persons feel that the death penalty is a fair retribution for hideous crimes and it prevents a lawless society. 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. Constant appeals from the murderers clog up the court system 1846 A commonly cited reason to ban the death penalty is that it doesn't change that the victim is gone and will never come back. "Hate, revenge, and anger will never cure the emptiness of a lost loved one. Forgiveness is the only way to start the healing process, and this won't happen in a revenge-focused individual." In 1979, Stanley Williams was convicted of four murders He was a cofounder of the Crips, a notorious Californian street gang He maintained his innocence for the rest of his life He was executed in 2005 While in prison, he had a religious conversion He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times He wrote many children's books near the end of his life to prevent kids from joining gangs There was circumstantial evidence that he was guilty of the murders Was justice served?
Or was a man wrongly executed?
Does his turnaround his prison mean anything? http://www.balancedpolitics.org/ tdaait.wordpress.com commons.wikimedia.org http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/ On March 18th, 2009 Governor Richardson signed the bill ending the death penalty in New Mexico
The issue with the death penalty is
that should the life of an inmate be
determined by the state, and is it morally
right to kill someone for their crimes?
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