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Does anyone know the answers to these questions dealing with(FOR/AGAINST) Death Penalty?

Is the death penalty constitutional? Is the death penalty applied fairly? Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? Does the death penalty deter crime?

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kelseymh8 years ago
None of these questions, except the first, have "answers." I think the point of the assignment you were given was for you to do some research, look for either opinion pieces or primary research articles on the topics, and frame your own answers.

If you're afraid to go to your local public (or even better, local college!) library, you can start with two generally useful online resources: Wikipedia and Google Scholar. The first will get you some broad, "pop-culture" level articles which hopefully provide citations to more detailed analysis. The second will get you primary research articles from peer-reviewed journals.
A followup. I posted this before I saw your note that this is actually a debate for a law school class. Please disregard the opening of my second paragraph, and the suggestion to use Wikipedia (for someone at your level, it could rightly be interpreted as patronizing).

You should be going directly to Google Scholar, or to the Cornell Law Library online.
Goodhart8 years ago
I was just extrapolating ;-)
I have no idea what I was talking about last night (too much beer) L
NachoMahma8 years ago
> Is the death penalty constitutional? . According to the US Supreme Court, it is. Some would disagree. . > Is the death penalty applied fairly? . Define "fairly." . > Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment? . According to the US Supreme Court, it's not. Some would disagree. . > Does the death penalty deter crime? . Probably not. You should be able to find figures to support both sides. . . Now that I've given you next to no information, go do your own homework.
TheGasMaskGuy (author)  NachoMahma8 years ago
Well.. Another question that comes to mind is... What are the costs into sending a person to prison for life compared to that of a person who is on death row? I have a debate tomorrow in law class. I'm not sure what side I really want to go towards. I think I'm for it... but I don't know why.
I thought this might be a homework assignment / similar. Here's a thought: "Do those who do not respect the human rights of others deserve respect for theirs?" L
Here is further thought:

Here's a thought: "Do those who do not respect the human rights of others deserve respect for theirs?"

Do we think we should respect life? Or should we be biased, for if we are not biased, we would have to respect all life, no matter how it treated other life forms (whether it be man eating tiger or mass murderer). That is: if we respect life we should respect all life. If we are, however; saying only those that treat US well, then we are respecting friends rather then life, yes?
. Since they are usually housed in a separate unit, the costs are probably slightly higher, but I have no evidence to base that on. . I don't have a problem with capital punishment, but too many ppl have been exonerated after being sentenced to death for me to be comfortable with the current system.
TheGasMaskGuy (author) 8 years ago
"Is the death penalty applied fairly?" Define 'fair'.
I guess what they mean by fair is... Does it happen to more of one race than it does to another, or is the judge more likely to sentence someone to death than life in prison...

"Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment?" What is cruel? Unusual? Has the definition changed over time? Does it matter?
Some of the executions don't always work how they should. Some can be slow and painful when it should be quick and virtually painless. For instance... some state that the lethal injection might be extremely painful and they have no way of showing that pain before they die... Some state that electric chair can actually burn the person to death rather than knocking them unconcious before killing them.

"Does the death penalty deter crime?" It stops THIS person from committing another crime-is that enough? Is it SUPPOSED to do more?
It doesn't always stop THAT person from committing a crime... in fact very rarely doesn't happen. Do you think if a person is so deranged into killing or raping someone innocent, that he would be afraid to do it again? There have been many cases where they have let a person out on parole after murdering... and they are right back on the streets, killing again.

I'm not attacking any of your thoughts, I just need to make sure that I have both sides clear so that way I don't get slammed on in a debate.
TheGasMaskGuy (author) 8 years ago
Another thing... Many people state that the people who MURDER and RAPE don't deserve to die... that NO ONE deserves to die. I'm sure if one of their family members became a victim of one of those, then their thoughts would change. I just hate having to debate with people who won't be polite and listen before they start their statement.
I'm not so sure you understand people. Some can forgive, some can't. It's a bell curve : )
. Personally, life in prison would be much worse than execution. Execution, if not painless, is at least quick. The idea of being someone's "girlfriend" just doesn't appeal to me at all.
jtobako8 years ago
Go back and find your definitions. "Is the death penalty constitutional?" Has the Supreme Court given an answer to this? Could that decision change? "Is the death penalty applied fairly?" Define 'fair'. "Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment?" What is cruel? Unusual? Has the definition changed over time? Does it matter? "Does the death penalty deter crime?" It stops THIS person from committing another crime-is that enough? Is it SUPPOSED to do more?
Kiteman8 years ago
  • Is the death penalty constitutional?
Read the constitution, decide.

  • Is the death penalty applied fairly?
It depends - is it commensurate with the crime and the circumstances of that crime?

  • Is the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment?
Unusual? Not really. Cruel? Examine the method of execution - would the Humane Society complain if you did it to a dog?

  • Does the death penalty deter crime?
You'll have to research that, comparing states or nations that differ as little as possible, except in the existence of a death penalty.
Putzer8 years ago
http://www.lewrockwell.com/block/block34.html
It is also important to keep in mind the inefficiencies the U.S. justice system has become.