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Should the death penalty be abolished?

Capital punishment is the government-sanctioned execution of an individual as retribution for a crime. Although most countries have abolished death penalty sentences, many retain this practice, including the United States, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Should we abolish the death penalty, or support each government's right to punish crime as it sees fit?

Yes, we should abolish the death penalty

The death penalty unjustly targets vulnerable demographics, wastes taxpayer money, and violates the sanctity of human life.

The death penalty targets racial minorities

Minorities receive death penalty sentences at a disproportionately high rate.

The death penalty targets the poor

The death penalty is a greater risk for those who cannot afford strong representation.

The death penalty targets people with mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities.

It is difficult to definitively prove that a defendant has a mental illness or intellectual disability. As a result, criminals who suffer from these conditions often receive the death penalty.

Wrongful convictions are common

The criminal justice system has executed people wrongly. For this reason, we can never implement the death penalty with certainty of a person's guilt.

The death penalty wastes taxpayer money

Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison sentences.

The death penalty violates the sanctity of human life

Regardless of their crimes, the lives of death row prisoners are valuable.

No, we should not abolish the death penalty

The death penalty serves society well by giving victims closure, making communities safe, affirming life's value, and ultimately establishing justice.

The death penalty deters crime

The risk of harsh punishment deters people from committing heinous crimes.

The death penalty gives victims closure

Victims and their families deserve to know that their tormentors will pay for their crimes.

The death penalty administers justice because some people deserve death

For justice to be done, a person's punishment must fit the severity of their crime. In some cases, the only fitting punishment is death.

The death penalty saves lives

By discouraging heinous crime, the death penalty saves countless innocent lives.

The death penalty affirms the value of human life

By punishing human rights violations zealously, the death penalty affirms the value of all human life.

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