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Published: Friday, Nov. 1 2013 11:40 p.m. MDT

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Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

My change of heart about the death penalty came when I read a study that stated the average cost of life imprisonment is cheaper than the average cost of execution. Why spend extra money to execute someone when you can just keep them in prison for less? And, there is always the small chance that they were wrongly found guilty which we all know does happen.

josegomez
Spain, 00

The statistics show that where they apply the death penalty, more murders occur at these sites, many innocents die executed recommend watching the "List of innocence" of DPIC updated to 18/9/2008, where the innocent are released in the U.S. since 1973 and the time they were prisoners. Studies in the United States and by Amnesty International show that it functions as a deterrent to prevent future crimes, interesting is the movie The Life of David Gale that addresses this issue.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

In my debates about this, I've found that those against the death penalty are generally in favor of abortion.

The "costs more to execute" argument is bogus. When life in prison becomes the most serious crime, criminals will be appealing that until their appeals are exhausted (apparently never, except in Texas, thanks to liberal justices).

Not having the death penalty allows gang king pins to orchestrate murders from within prison. Child molesting murderers get out of prison on parole and kill again. There are many examples of those doing life escaping and murdering again. These people need to be stopped once and for all, hence the need for the death penalty. Even if the numbers have dwindled (because of false arguments as pointed out herein), 60% still favor the death penalty. If we maintain any semblance of a democracy, 60% ought to have their opinions respected.

Finally, where were the protests when Tim McVeigh was executed (in 6 years from the time of the crime I might add)?

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

@Kralon:
"My change of heart about the death penalty came when I read a study that stated the average cost of life imprisonment is cheaper than the average cost of execution."

I say baloney!! It costs an estimated $50 to $100 thousand per year per inmate to run prisons. A life sentence is $1.5 million. All it costs to execute is the price of a good rope. The appeals processed is just another name for lawyers' job security.

"And, there is always the small chance that they were wrongly found guilty which we all know does happen."

Ask Andy Dufresne or 'Red' Redding in The Shawshank Redemption... everyone in prison is innocent.

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