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  •  If it isn't a deterrent, it isn't worth it. (4+ / 0-)
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    JBNathan85, bluebrain, Avila, blueoasis

    I know of no data that death penalty states have lower rates of capital murder than non-death penalty states. At best, the results are a wash. So can we really justify the death penalty as a deterrent? No we can't.

    So the death penalty is vengeance. We may call it "justice" or "closure," but if we are honest with ourselves, vengeance it is. Do you really think a murderer's death provides some mythical sense of "closure" to the victim's family? Does it lessen the pain of their loss?

    and what manner of justice assigns the measure of punishment based upon decidedly interested parties like the victim's family? Justice is meant to be objective, a measured response that is best for society, not individuals.

    Justice is not revenge. Justice is doing what is best for all, including the accused him or herself.

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