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  •  That's how I feel (1+ / 0-)
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    It's impossible to imagine how the threat of death deters murder.  When you are capable of murder, you don't fear death.  

    And, revenge is hollow.  It does nothing for the empty pit of loss in hearts of the family members.

    •  Deterrence? (0+ / 0-)

      Maybe not.
      But it is a 100% solution for recidivism.

      TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

      by Niniane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 07:49:04 AM PDT

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      •  It's the worst way to run a justice system (0+ / 0-)

        If you're happy with it, I'm sorry.  

        •  I like a little actual justice... (0+ / 0-)

          In my justice system.
          The innocent go free, the guilty get rehibilitated/punished/imprisoned/transitioned to room temp.

          Just be damn sure in both cases.

          We have a death penalty not for punishment of crimes, but for the closure of the loved ones of the victims... that and to keep them from having to go "all vigilante" on the perps.

          TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

          by Niniane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:11:51 AM PDT

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          •  It doesn't work (0+ / 0-)

            We don't have lower homicide rates than other countries who don't have the death penalty.  

            •  Maybe there are other contributing factors (0+ / 0-)

              to that equation, you think?

              That arguement does not hold water.
              There are other countries who do have the death penalty who have much lower homicide rates than the ones who do not...

              But that doesn't "prove" anything, either.

              Complex equation, lotsa factors. No one factor can be examined without taking the others into account.

              You know, Science.

              Your mind is obviously made up. You are just looking to justify your pre-concieved opinion, not to reexamine your awareness.

              Just curious... are you religious?

              TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

              by Niniane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 09:22:34 AM PDT

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      •  let me clarify (0+ / 0-)

        In what way is life in prison a lesser cure for recidivism?

        •  It may be equally as effective (0+ / 0-)

          except for the continued opportunity for them to prey on other prisoners...
          Some of whom might deserve better.

          Question for you... and all the other opponents of the death penalty...

          How is depriving a man of his liberty (permanently)somehow better than depriving him of his life?

          Locking a human up in a cage seems pretty damn inhumane to me...

          TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

          by Niniane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 08:16:45 AM PDT

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          •  Given the number of reversals... (0+ / 0-)

            It's the only thing that makes sense.  

            If you put someone in prison for life, and at a later date that person is exonerated, then at the very least, the prisoner can be released.

            That's enough reason for me.  

            •  "at the very least, the prisoner can be released" (0+ / 0-)

              Scarred for life, bitter, possibly no longer capable of functioning in normal society.
              Fro them, the nightmare might just continue after release...
              Not to mention...

              There are some very clear-cut verdicts, where there is no possibility of a later exoneration.
              If these cases coincide with particularly heinous crimes... why allow these animals to continue to breathe?

              TFYQA - think For Yourself, Question Authority

              by Niniane on Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 09:14:42 AM PDT

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