What are your thoughts on the death penalty?

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In principle, I don’t mind the death penalty for very serious crimes, but I’m against the death penalty because I don’t trust the courts, police, public opinion or other parts of any legal system to get it right. You can’t undo an execution.


Courts are not perfect and have, many times, convicted people wrongly. Robbing people of their time on a wrongful conviction is bad enough, but killing them? Also, from a purely financial point of view the death penalty isn’t worth it.


I believe some crimes warrant euthanasia, buuuut our system in the US is so incompetent and wasteful that it is legitimately less costly to let them wither away in prison apparently. Also, less risky in that whoops we got the wrong person or something.


It’s wrong to kill people to show that killing people is wrong.


Too many innocent people have been executed for the practice to be justified. It’s barbaric and reactionary and doesn’t set the example people think it should.