QUOTE(DaytonRocker @ Sep 8 2003, 10:33 AM)
You know, if capital punishment were actually a deterrent to violent crime, I'd be willing to accept the innocent deaths. Someone who is innocent is going to die regardless. It can be the person shot and killed at a convenience store robbery or the guy wrongly convicted of the murder. One of the two is going to go.
Wait a minute Dayton, you are actually saying that killing someone who is actually innocent of a crime is justified, just because we all die sometime? And maybe executing this innocent man will help deter someone else?
Under your scenario above, "one of the two" is not going to go, both of them are, and neither one commited a crime. But the State is going to execute one of them, unjustifiably.
Even if capital punishment was a deterrent to crime, the State has a duty to ensure the safety of innocent lives, not the taking of them.
QUOTE(DaytonRocker Posted on Sep 8 2003 @ 10:33 AM)
But it hasn't been shown to be a deterrent, so it's only another innocent life taken away when mistakes happen. Other than the financial benefits, there is no good reason to execute someone other than to satisfy our thirst for revenge.
So, when "mistakes happen" in your name (after all, you are one of the People vs Criminal in the state's complaint), you just tell the family of the innocent man, what? Oops, we made a mistake, but what the heck, it's only another innocent life, so get over it. ??
If it's not shown to be a deterent, and if the possibility exists that we are executing innocent men and women, then the death penalty needs to be abolished. Especially, since there is no "financial benefit" either. The Death Penalty is expensive. According to Amnesty International
Capital punishment is a far more expensive system than one whose maximum penalty is life in prison.
A New York study estimated the cost of an execution at three times that of life imprisonment.
In Florida, each execution costs the state $3.2 million, compared to $600,000 for life imprisonment.
Studies in California, Kansas, Maryland, and North Carolina all have concluded that capital punishment is far more expensive than keeping someone in prison for life.
So, if "mistakes" and outright fraud by the state doesn't keep innocent lives from being executed, and if there is no financial incentive, why keep it?