Is the death penalty an effective crime deterrent?

My Queen 2012/12/29 19:10:23
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  • Phil O'Dette 2014/12/01 00:57:43
    Phil O'Dette
    Face the electric chair, BASHAR AL-ASSAD!
  • peter 2013/02/07 17:31:20
    as the are people on death row then no. apparently the is no difference between states that have the penalty then states that dont.also what if you kill a innocent person?
    it is bad enough that someone spends years in jail for a crime they did not commit but what if they had been executed.? just one is one life too many
  • Opal Marie 2013/01/17 18:18:25
    Opal Marie
    But if someone wants to commit that crime, they will do so regardless of what the punishment is
  • Gary 2013/01/04 09:30:24
    If it was we wouldn't have anyone committing crimes that put them on death row...and thats just the ones that get caught.

    People are going to do what they want regardless of the consequinces.
  • auxarc 2012/12/31 16:54:20
    As long as there are Timeshare Salesmen, private health insurance actuaries (death panels) and people proposing adding Ronald Reagan's likeness to Mount Rushmore, we need capital punishment.
  • joseph digristina 2012/12/31 03:51:00
  • Bronar 2012/12/30 22:32:18
    The one's who were thinking about it and decided not to rarely speak up.
  • trap flapper 2012/12/30 18:59:06
    trap flapper
    Yes, it will stop a criminal....uh.....dead in his tracks.
  • realityjunkie 2012/12/30 17:31:29
    Absolutely not. Studies have shown so. If fact, of the 20 states with the highest homocide rates, 18 of them have the death penalty. It is barbaric. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.o...
  • Jayne 2012/12/30 16:19:18
    Sure prevents the person from committing the same crime again. Execution should be conducted in the public square. I call that "lessons learned" so that others may think twice before doing the same thing.
  • Bonita Colley 2012/12/30 15:36:23
    Bonita Colley
    If done in a quick fashion, no years on death row! One appeal and if still charged then out ya go!
  • Kat 2012/12/30 14:35:30
    It does not work.
  • Simply_Me :) 2012/12/30 11:56:13
    Simply_Me :)
    It depends of the effect of the crime committed.
  • Americanā˜†Atheist 2012/12/30 09:25:41
  • Jayne America... 2012/12/30 16:21:26
    Tell that to the Mother or Father that lost a child to murder. Nothing cruel or unusual about forfitting your life if you intentionally take someone elses life.
  • America... Jayne 2013/01/05 15:05:29
  • eyeballz 2012/12/30 07:07:34
    Once a monster receives the death penalty , he or she will never commit another act of violence against an innocent .
  • ruru 2012/12/30 06:22:59
    Obviously it is not.
  • hatter 2012/12/30 06:19:16
    Its cheaper than paying those union scum suckers we pay to watch em rot in our prisons.
  • Michael McFascist 2012/12/30 05:56:16
    Michael McFascist
    well, they say you put locks on doors to keep out the honest people. I'm sure there are more than a few people who would think twice about carrying out any murderous rage they may harbor in their hearts if they knew that execution was a definite possibility.

    An interesting anecdote from 19th century England can illustrate that it certainly won't deter everyone. They used to hang people publicly for picking pockets, and when crowds would gather to watch the pick pockets being hung in the square, you could always count on pickpockets to work the crowds...some people really aren't scared by the prospect of death, or they're so desperate that they'll take the chance anyway...I personally would use the death penalty in only the most extreme cases where there is something particularly ugly about the murder. I think the death penalty is basically wrong...murder is wrong whether carried out by an individual or the state. But I would still reserve it for extremely brutal cold blooded murderers.
  • A Founding Father 2012/12/30 05:28:27
    A Founding Father
    I wish I could say YES, but that isn't the evidence. Texas has a death penalty and uses it more than any state in the history of the nation. Still, Texas has one of the highest rates of murder and other violent crimes. Texas also has one of the largest populations of "Christians" and "faith believers", the most churches per capita, and all those good things. What does that reveal about the death penalty and Texas?
  • gimini210 A Found... 2012/12/30 07:12:07
    City Crime Risk Index
    1. St. Louis 530
    2. Atlanta 484
    3. Birmingham Alabama (tie) 380
    3. Orlando (tie) 380
    5. Detroit 369
    6. Memphis 361
    7. Miami 346
    8. Baltimore 339
    9. Kansas City, Missouri 337
    10. Minneapolis (tie) 331
    10. Cleveland (tie) 331

    According to the FBI per capita Texas has a 4.4% with a population of 25,674,681, while Michigan has a 6.2% per capita with a population of 9,876,187. So per capita Texas is less than a number of states if you go by the number of people vs the crime. Also Texas is a border state and has murders to deal with due to illegals. (In a recent hearing, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said there have been 22 murders, 24 assaults, 15 shootings and five kidnappings in Texas linked to Mexican cartels since 2010.)


  • A Found... gimini210 2012/12/30 08:00:19
    A Founding Father
    The "Crime Rate Index" you describe is irrelevant to the capital crimes that are punishable by the death sentence.
  • gimini210 A Found... 2012/12/30 09:48:30
    The FBI list is for murder, be it 1rst. degree or manslaughter and it is 4.4 which is about average for the nation. Michigan has a higher ratio of the same crimes with 1/3 the population so how is that not relevant to what you stated? If you could deduct the non-death penalty cases from the first degree murders you would still have Texas no higher than most other states per capita. but then we mustn't let the facts muddy the water. Murder and nonnegligent manslaughter figures are what I stated as examples.
  • Not a Fundy 2012/12/30 04:50:54
    Not a Fundy
    No it is not. Many consider it just, but it is not a societal deterrent to murder.
  • Pm 2012/12/30 04:42:00
    It should be law in every state. There should be an amendment made at the federal level to force each state to have it. Some people just deserve to die for their crimes. IT wont stop them form doing it, but the debt to society needs to be paid.
  • EdVenture 2012/12/30 04:18:21
    Not sure given that many states don't conduct executions but it is definitely cost effective.
  • Not a F... EdVenture 2012/12/30 04:55:31
    Not a Fundy
    It costs more to put a killer to death than it does to house him/her for the rest of their natural life. Of course that would change if appeals were more limited than they are but I'm not willing to go down that road.
  • EdVenture Not a F... 2012/12/30 05:06:49
    That would lead me to believe there is something wrong with the justice system and the lawyers.
  • Not a F... EdVenture 2012/12/30 05:37:54
    Not a Fundy
    Indeed there is much wrong with the Justice system.
  • JDLogan 2012/12/30 04:14:06
    The criminal killed will never commit another crime.
  • kobidobidog 2012/12/30 03:51:03
    Had the death penalty been good all that die in the presence of a perfect God would have been obliterated in his glory a long time ago.. Whoever kills has a dead soul giving nothing good whatsoever. A dead soul without Jesus in it can't give good calling the giving of death good thinking the death giver is somehow better than the person condemned to death.. That is a self deceptive lie. That is a religious act. I say this because the scribes, and chief priests warranted Jesus dead because people were beginning to follow him after he raised Lazarus.
  • 1philb 2012/12/30 03:50:26
    If you use it. The big problem is the time between the sentence and the death is much too long. Appeals, hesitant government officials, death penalty protest and etc. Adam Lanza saved the Conn. taxpayers millions but the death penalty did not stop him from the act.
  • gizzibag 2012/12/30 03:10:48
    people still gonna commit crimes
  • FeedFwd ~POTL 2012/12/30 03:05:19
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    It would be more effective if it was a public spectacle. Bring back public hangings and show them on TV!
  • Michael... FeedFwd... 2012/12/30 06:23:20
    Michael McFascist
    There is an argument. You know why we don't do it though right? If we allowed people to see executions on TV there wouldn't be people being executed...the public outcry would be deafening.
  • FeedFwd... Michael... 2012/12/31 03:26:43
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    Never has been a problem before in history. Now instead of publicly killing criminals, we have criminals and mental defects killing kids in schools and ex-workers in post offices and other businesses. I think I'd prefer public executions, but my ideas are rarely popular. There might be an outcry, but maybe if they charged admission and television rights, they could get enough revenue to significantly chip away at government debt. ;)
  • Michael... FeedFwd... 2012/12/31 03:45:33
    Michael McFascist
    well, we've worn this mask of "civilization" for such a very long time...everything has become a bit more subtle. We have gladiator sports, but we try to protect our athletes from harm and death...I'm not saying it couldn't happen...but things will have to get a lot worse before we start executing people publicly again. I know I don't particularly think I want to look at it.
  • Xerxes 2012/12/30 03:05:01
    However the person being executed is permanently deterred
  • Not a F... Xerxes 2012/12/30 05:00:35
    Not a Fundy
    That's true but it concerns me that inevitably innocent people will be executed. It's not an if question it's a when question.

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