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since our prisons are so crowded anyway and it's expensive to keep them in there. it would save us a lot of tax money that could be spent on better things and rehabilitation doesn't work for them.
righteouschica righteouschica 18-21, F 17 Answers Oct 13, 2012 in Politics

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they should be sentenced to life, and people in prison for things like marijuana possession and other non-violent crimes should be released or put on house arrest or probation to deal with overcrowding.

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yes!! that is something I can agree with.

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"thou shalt not kill" chica

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Aren't you sweet...

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I don't believe in the death penalty in any case. But we could do a lot to improve our prison system and it purpose concerning rehab. Maybe not with insane or career crims, but there is surely a lot of improvement that can be done in other areas.

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No no no no no. Few reasons.<br />
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1. The death penalty is more expensive than life in prison. <br />
2. Revenge is a foul motive. <br />
3. The state has no right to execute its own citizens, or should have no right.<br />
4. Pyschopaths and serial killers don't just "happen" - there are complex social reasons why a place like America has such a problem with spree shootings and serial killers. Death penalty puts the focus on individual acts, and away from fixing the **** that creates these people in the first place.

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I agree with all your other points but why do you think death penalty is more expensive than life in prison. Sources?

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I went to look this up and found a good article on politifact, who is a pretty good fact checking website. I'm not 100% right, but the death penalty is still very expensive. http://tinyurl.com/66gwxhq

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whoa. thanks for sharing!

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In California, they actually compared the costs to keeping people incarcerated for life vs. housing them on death row, waiting as the appeals go through (usually a minimum of 10 years) and the costs of actually executing them---it IS more expensive. That why a repeal of the death penalty here is on the ballot for November. It may not pass, but the numbers brought it up for the vote.

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Wow. I did not know that. I always assumed the death penalty would be a cheaper option. Guess I need to research more on this issue :)

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F*** yeah! they are a treat to mankind :)

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Hypothetically: yes<br />
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In reality: No. I think killing one innocent person is much worse than killing ten guilty people. The justice systems of the world are always flawed and I don't think we should risk innocent people getting fr<x>amed for murder(s).

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but what if he confesses to it? some psychopaths do.

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Yes, some do, but some of those ones have mental issues and confess to crimes they didn't even commit (e.g. in the Jon Benet Ramsay case).

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ahh that case was messed up

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I know! We've got ppl like that here as well. :S
The other problem is political framing, where ppl with power try to eliminate other ppl who are a threat to them by false accusations of serious crimes. This is happening in a number of Asian countries...

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oh yes, didn't think of that one. good call!

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It's really hard to diagnose... institutionalization and rehabilitation would be better

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rehab doesn't work for them.

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Yes !

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