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The Public’s Opinion Regarding The Death Sentence In California.?

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The Public’s Opinion Regarding The Death Sentence In California.?

Postby Cadwallader » Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:07 am

I'm completely against it.

I?m against the death penalty not because of sympathy for criminals but because it doesn?t reduce crime, prolongs the anguish of families of murder victims, costs a whole lot more than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people.

The worst thing about it. Errors:

The system can make tragic mistakes. As of now, 142 wrongly convicted people on death row have been exonerated. We?ll never know for sure how many people have been executed for crimes they didn?t commit. DNA is rarely available in homicides, often irrelevant and can?t guarantee we won?t execute innocent people.

Keeping killers off the streets for good:

Life without parole, on the books in most states, also prevents reoffending. It means what it says, and spending the rest of your life locked up, knowing you?ll never be free, is no picnic. Two big advantages:

-an innocent person serving life can be released from prison

-life without parole costs less than the death penalty

Costs, a big surprise to many people:

Study after study has found that the death penalty is much more expensive than life in prison. The process is much more complex than for any other kind of criminal case. The largest costs come at the pre-trial and trial stages. These apply whether or not the defendant is convicted, let alone sentenced to death.

Specific to California is the thoroughness with which the cost of the death penalty has been studied.

Crime reduction (deterrence):

Homicide rates for states that use the death penalty are consistently higher than for those that don?t. The most recent FBI data confirms this. For people without a conscience, fear of being caught is the best deterrent. The death penalty is no more effective in deterring others than life sentences.

Who gets it:

The death penalty magnifies social and economic inequalities. It isn't reserved for the worst crimes, but for defendants with the worst lawyers. It doesn't apply to people with money. Practically everyone sentenced to death had to rely on an overworked public defender.


Like no other punishment, it subjects families of murder victims to a process which makes healing even harder. Even families who have supported it in principle have testified to the protracted and unavoidable damage that the death penalty process does to families like theirs and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.

It comes down to whether we should keep the death penalty for retribution or revenge?the only plausible reasons to support it.
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