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GokunamaAug. 05, 2012 - 11:56PM JST
The U.N. analyzed the effect on the crime rate of death penalty and non death penalty countries and found no real difference. The death penalty seems to have no deterring effect. I'd imagine those in blind rage wouldn't be rational enough for DP to be a deterrent and those in mafias seeing it as just more reason to take pains not to be caught.
'Hopeless cases' really ought to be examined. Increasingly neuroscience is finding evidence that a lot of the irrational things people do are due to 'messy wirings'. I'm not comfortable sending people who couldn't have done differently to their deaths just cause they were born that way and/or grew up in hard worlds and had certain gene expressions set to deal with loveless, evil worlds. Never heard a pro-death penalty even touch on these subjects in my long years of debate.
Human error is still a possibility even with our more advanced forensics and long and expensive court processes. Keeping the prisoners in prison for life would be cheaper than all that. The alternative is we speed the process up, make it less expensive, and increase our margin for error.
The desire for revenge made sense in a world where we lived in small communities without prisons, and said killer was a possible threat to our family and friends. Evolutionary psychology. It was a mechanism that protected our genes. A lot of morality is deeply rooted in self-interest and the propogation of our genes. We do have prisons these days, so make a life sentence a true life sentence.
Finally, I don't see why we should be able to violate the right to human life just cause they did.
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