Do you support Capital Punishment?

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  • keisha - 10 years ago

    i dont think that the death penalty is a good think...stp the killin u got peoples on death row in aint did shit.......

  • Angela - 10 years ago

    I have a problem that our taxes – OUR money – which honest hard-working people must bust their ass for, is used to maintain the prisons; I could understand it paying for the employees' salaries, but the prisoners should have to pay for their own ‘room & board’ so to speak; there should be some sort of menial jobs that can be contracted with the prisons where they get compensated by the companies for the work the prisoners are doing (within the prison facilities) to upkeep their stay, so the hard-working people who AREN’T breaking the law shouldn’t have to. I don't necessarily feel capital punishment is the way to go, but those same criminals who commit murder and other hideous crimes should have to spend the rest of their life in prison without the chance of parole, and that also means not having the luxuries of college classes, hobbies, entertainment, visitors, etc. - they should be confined with only the very basic necessities short of breaking amnesty laws - if they're going to be spared the electric chair, that shouldn't also mean that they get off easy; when taking a life or doing an horrendous crime, then the punishment should be above & beyond just losing their freedom. And ‘life’ should mean just that – they’re there till the day they die! (Including those scumbags who may not have killed, but took lives anyway - i.e. Phillip & Nancy Garrido - who kidnapped, tortured & impregnated Jacee Dugard for over 18 years - a huge part of her life taken away that she will never have the chance to experience again – something as simple as attending high school, going on a first date, starting college, a first job – special and significant times of our lives that are normally just taken for granted, memories that poor girl will never have... I wouldn't think twice on sending BOTH of those bastards to the electric chair - although a public hanging would be more appropriate!)

  • M. R Mughal - 10 years ago

    There are conflicts worlds over, but real culprits are seldom identified and punished. With the result the spirit of revenge come in the minds of the punished one and the process goes on unabated. Let us quote the example of those who are responsible for genocide but have not been given the capital punishment except Sadam Hussain whose blame too could not be proved. To me laws are always respected, but law enforcing agencies are responsible for controlling the crime. To be very frank, law enforcing agencies are very much active in blaming and awarding capital punishment instead controlling the crime for the reasons well known to them. Influenced persons are often set free or a real culprit is managed to be got rescued by influential. Therefore, real culprit remains away from the scene and innocents are caught. Armed and rebels are not caught owing to the weaknesses of the law enforcing agencies. Sources of crime are not traced at all; the persons involved in the abetment of the crime and causes leading towards the crimes are not ascertained. So, capital punishment is not justified, real offenders be identified should be given a second chance.

  • Mohammed Riaz Muslim - 10 years ago

    let us quote the example of those who are responsible for genocide but have not been given the capital punishment except Sadam Hussain.

  • sadiq hussain - 10 years ago

    I think capital punishment is not an ultimate solution to end the crime from the society. It is just due to ignorance for which the state is responsible. If state has not done its best to educate the people and made them aware of the right and wrong, the crime will go un-abated. If a person has killed someone unintentionally, but is inflicted in the crime, should be forgiven and given a second chance. Life is precious; if one has gone second should be saved.

  • sarwar - 10 years ago

    What about a suicider's thoughts ? So for some people, their life is not so important.Therefore, to give punishment of death may not be a punishment.

    After some psychological insight of the guilty person, he may be converted to a good citizen.

    Everyone has to die one day.So death sentience seems ridiculous !!!!

  • Judy Miller - 10 years ago

    Biblically speaking, God demands execution by the next of kin, which in today's world is done by proxy. Someone appointed. The Biblical definition is criminal homocide, or translation properly, "someone who lies in wait". It doesn't refer to crimes of passion, or accidents.
    God says, that if we obey his laws and they are carried out "these things will cease to happen". We are told to send these people to God, and he judges them directly, because "there is no salvation in the flesh for murder".
    So, is it any wonder that when we disobey instructions from God, that these things are getting worse!
    Of course, mistakes have been made, where innocent people have been wrongly executed. But, in many, many cases, such as serial killers where they admit what they've done, and show the Police where the bodies are, and show them all the souveniers, of course, they should be executed, so someone else who has a bit of the same problem, will see exactly what will happen to them if they act on their impulses.
    Why on Earth should we allow these misfits to leach on society and bleed us dry, getting to relive, every sordid detail of their gruesome acts, iin the privacy of their cell, day after day, with great joy and pleasure, totally unbothered by anyone, with television and free meals and not a care in the World? It is insanity!

  • victor wyatt - 10 years ago

    In the UK, murder from unprovoked attacks is so common that for decades it has ceased to make front- page news.Press information of a few centimetres is usually relegated to inside pages no-matter how appalling the circumstances of the crimes committed.Convicted criminals are imprisoned for terms that are shortened due to lack of prison places.The message to would-be murderers is:Your basic human rights will be guaranteed should you decide to kill an innocent party.Cases are on record of threatened people appealing for police protection,only to be ignored.The Minister of Justice continues to remain silent!All that is needed for such evils to continue is for all good people to remain likewise!

  • tuck-tuck-57 - 10 years ago

    I just wanna say that why do some people cry over a murderer+ say "he" should not fry,Hey, these people would think different if "they" themselves become victims of crime.They themselves will then feel how people who lost a mother,sister,dad,etc... to a murderer+ who is now facing the death penalty.The death penalty I believe does work.At least this murderer who is put down will never harm another human being again.I,m from Manitoba,Canada + we don,t have the Death Penalty here.We sure need it up here.I to was a victim of a crime.My ex-brother-in-law kills my sister,his wife+ kills her with a rake.This happens in front of their daughter.He gets 6 years for manslaughter+ only does 2 years for killing a human being.Go figure.

  • Naya - 10 years ago

    Aurelia, you are so full of pride...
    I know one thing if that would be your child, your husband or your mom killed, or even worth- if you would be the one in his hands bagging for life, being cut in the throat, or raped, you would sing a totally different song today on May 10 th!
    My suggesting to you please do not be so naive and silly, and let the Judge do their work, because obviously you have no clue what has really happened.

  • Aurelia Stefani - 10 years ago

    No one has the right to decide when someone else should die. Besides it's hypocritical to kill a person because who killed a person to show that it's wrong to kill a person. It just doesn't make sense really, it'll be like a parent hitting their child for fighting in school, to show them that violence is wrong...HOW DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

    It creates a double standard which pretty much tells society that you can't kill people, but we (the state/govt/monarchy whatever) can.

    IT'S A MAJOR ABSURDITY AND CONTRADICTION!!!!!

    I'm just glad it's illegal in my country (NZ) I could never live in a country where the citizens see the death penalty as socially acceptable.

  • PETIT- FRERE Nacis - 10 years ago

    Everybody has the right of life,but when he represents a danger for the society, so the capital punishment is very necessary. Life of everyone is ended there life of others is begun. If the Talyon Law can portect the citizens against the murder, let's sobe!

  • Guadalupe Diaz - 10 years ago

    No human being has the right to end another human being's life. If one does, the punishment should be prison for life. And if there is any victim's survivor(s) the murderer should be put to do hard work in a community and let the money he is paid got to the survivior(s).

  • With held by request - 10 years ago

    Having been in prison with some of those sick bastards, I know perfectly well how well they are living. Restricted, yes, but they have way to much, that we all pay for. They could care less about another human being. In fact are just as violent in there as when out side. Maybe worse.

    Most of them sit around bragging about how they did what ever they did, and laugh about the pain they inflicted on their victims.
    Of course when they are in front of the parole board, or public, they "have found God" and have changed. The con they put over on the bible thumpers to convince them they are now different is enough to make me vomit.

    FIND EM, JUDGE EM, FRY EM!!!

    I wish they had death penalty in my state, but there are to many sisie's living here to get it past the system.

  • Carol Hamel - 10 years ago

    I do not beleive in death penalty. I DO beleive that a person should be jailed for their crime, however I also beleive that a person that has commited a haneous crime is also ill, and not of their right mind. No matter what you say. So they therefore need psychiatric help. It is not for us to decide. Let them be there but do not kill them.

  • susan smith - 10 years ago

    Nothing absolutely nothing in this world justifies taking a life - you seem to all believe in God how bout you all re-think your negativity and move on. Anyone who has lost anyone will not have peace at the execution of a person let alone someone who may be innocent.

    Cheers enjoy your lives & let revenge go!

  • Kay - 10 years ago

    Let me ask a simple question.
    Which makes more sense to you?

    1. Jail a murderer for life and provide him free food, shelter and other stuffs, and waste taxpayers' money.
    2. Give back to the murderer what he gave an innocent person - death.

    I rest my case.

  • latha - 10 years ago

    I strongly recommend deth panalty to kasab without delaying in the system of execution . I dont think, he is having a human mind otherwise he couldnt kill 160 innocent peoples.

  • BIDYUT KUMAR SARKAR - 10 years ago

    " I want to ask a question to all those who are against awarding capital punishment to Kasab, "Will your answer differ, if either your father, mother, wife, son or daughter, is amongst those who lost their lives"

    They say government doesnot have the right to kill somebody like this, why can't these people go and meet the respectable terrorists and ask them to stop their terrorism, believe me, if you approach them, you will never come back.

    I think Kasab really deserves punishment lower than capital punishment. If possible, hang him at the Gate way of India and burn his body."

    The above comment posted by Mr.Rupesh on 6th May is really justified, and I also supports his coment.
    But what is next ! Can we realaize,can we find out the reason that make a human being terrorist or extrimist.
    I think it is"Fundamental needs of human being".Let us make the whole world social and economical freedom,so that there should be no war,no killing,no terrorist or terror.

  • Steve - 10 years ago

    People are wrongfully convicted far too often because of pre-biased juries and bad laws that reduce the requirement for habeas corpus. Many people have been exonerated years after serving their sentence. It's easy to say "kill 'em all and let God sort them out", but what if it is your loved one that's been wrongfully convicted? How accurate should the legal system be then? Until we can guarantee that zero innocent people are being executed, the death penalty should be eliminated. Life without the possibility of parole is no cake walk; most of these people that say a life sentence is nothing have never spent a night in jail.

  • mitch - 10 years ago

    I have a wacky idea! Let the majority opinion rule... so let's look at the DP survey... how many in favour of DP?... about 60%... ladies and gentlemen you have your answer.

  • Rupesh - 10 years ago

    I want to ask a questio to all those who are against awarding capital punishment to Kasab, "Will your answer differ, if either your father, mother, wife, son or daughter, is amongst those who lost their lives"

    They say government doesnot have the right to kill somebody like this, why can't these people go and meet the respectable terrorists and ask them to stop their terrorism, believe me, if you approach them, you will never come back.

    I think Kasab really deserves punishment lower than capital punishment. If possible, hang him at the Gate way of India and burn his body.

  • Jayadev S - 10 years ago

    Capital should be needed for the countries those looking to be a peaceful nations.

    Kasab death must be carried out in public place.

  • patsy matthews - 10 years ago

    I think that the first step should be to remove violent offenders from society by placing them in jail for life and if they cannot or will not follow the rules of their new segregated society and continiue to commit vilent acts then and only then should the death penalty be impossed

  • lionelbaughen - 10 years ago

    hi all in the USA

    it sad that these things have to happen BUT just remember these are not nice people

    one can only say we need your system in the UK

  • Morley - 10 years ago

    Death to skum justice through a flip of a switch or short drop and suddon stop. Im a working man and will not let my tax dollars feed and house a rapist, murderer, etc. HANG EM' HIGH!!!

  • NKEREFI UMUCHIMA - 10 years ago

    when two or three people take wht belongs to 100millions of people wht ill be the out come of it? CRIMES !!!!!!,world should find a way to stop currupted learders

  • nkerefi umuchima - 10 years ago

    l wish God ill give me a chance to reach public l ill tell them to start death sentence from currupted leaders coz they have push poor people to be involved in diffrents crimes ,death sentence should not only be given to poor people with their crimes ,means lets hold the bulls by their horns, currupted leaders has coursed more than death sentence , world should find the reason and the curse of all crimes and find a serious penality to those currupted leaders

  • woloz - 10 years ago

    I dont believe in capital punishment at all ! i would rather know that the person is suffering in prison !

  • Alai - 10 years ago

    I dont think that capital punishment should be allowed at all !
    Murdering someone isnt right and neither is punishing them by taking their life.
    Two wrongs dont make a right !

  • blunderov - 10 years ago

    "Matthew 26:52 "for all those who take up the sword will die by the sword" It is clear the meaning: the one who kills another does not want, and does not have a right, to live in the society of men."

    The verse suggests that if you play with fire, you should expect to get burned. It says nothing whatsoever about "rights" or the "society of men" and makes no reference to punishment, capital or otherwise.

  • Gloria - 10 years ago

    Matthew 26:52 "for all those who take up the sword will die by the sword" It is clear the meaning: the one who kills another does not want, and does not have a right, to live in the society of men.

  • Marjorie - 10 years ago

    I believe in the death penalty. why would someone just kill another human being and expect to live in prison for the rest of their lives. Thye are thoughless humans who did not think of any one other than themselves. You kill, you die too

  • blunderov - 10 years ago

    "Those who oppose capital punishment in favor of long prison terms should face a special tax for maintenance of capital crime prisoners."

    We're going to tax opinions now? Jesus wept. Be careful what you wish for...

  • Bob - 10 years ago

    Murder, Terrorism, Treason, Drug Dealing to minors and Rape are among the heinous crimes against society that should require capital punishment. Our legal system has become too lenient. Certainly when the penalty is death, special requirements of review must be taken. However, in a capital case ALL, including accused's criminal history, evidence should be presented instead of the narrow admission of evidence often employed to excuse the criminals actions. Because of plea bargaining many capital criminals escape justice. A 3-5 year waiting window is sufficient for thorough review of capital cases.
    Those who oppose capital punishment in favor of long prison terms should face a special tax for maintenance of capital crime prisoners. This is not a religious issue.

  • DJ - 10 years ago

    And for you stephen Chin, you must be one of those ignorant types. I wonder if the murderer gave their victims a sleeping pill before he slit their throat? No, I didnt think so, quit being an idiot, the way some of you people think is absolutely repulsive!

  • DJ - 10 years ago

    I am so sick of people questioning whats right and wrong. There will come a day when the weak regret being such cowards and when that day comes it will be too late. I am for capital punishment, of course, but it should not be our decision, it should be the responsibility of the family involved. I have no right to decide that for them but neither do you, a judge, or some liberal activist. It disgust me that some people can live in a shell and can accept the wicked to live when they have taken that right away from our innocent. I am embarrased to call myself an american at times, watch the news, where in a downward spiral.

  • Blunderov - 10 years ago

    "...Having said that, some of you should be hung for butchering the english language."
    Posted by Chris Elliott on March 29th 2010, 9:44pm

    The correct form of the verb in this context is "hanged". Pictures are hung. Persons are hanged. But English is an eccentric language: "hung, drawn and quartered" is perfectly acceptable. (As far as I'm aware this is the only exception.)

    I reject the death penalty. The possibility that an innocent person could be executed is unacceptable to me. And plenty are.

  • Philani - 10 years ago

    In proper cases especially murder if proved to the required standards I believe capital puishment should be retained.The country's judicial system has adequate safeguards against improper convictions. Look at SA individuals serving life sentences for murder have escaped from prisons and gone on kill many more innocent people. Where first degree murder is proved the sentence should be imposed and effected expeditiously. However in doubtful situations such as treason or other cases based on politics it may not be appropriate.

  • Stephen Chin - 10 years ago

    Why can't the state give the condemned sleeping pills and the injection when the condemned person is asleep? Instead of the ghastly period of waiting, ghastly visit by the minsiter, ghastly last meal, ghastly strapping to the table and ghastly anesthetic etc. before the final injection? Death is not a big deal.

  • Graham Wright - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment is irreversible. As a Lawyer I have seen to many errors in trials most but not all reversed by appeal.

  • Rico Suave - 10 years ago

    Capital punisment,following a fair trial,without there being any reasonable doubt of guilt,is the finest thing
    How l wish we had it restored in the U.K. and l was officiating it !

  • Commrade Captain Tarnongu - 10 years ago

    The issue of the Capital punishment should be extended to acts social crime.it should be to made to cover those crime against the state in the cause of holding public office as well.it should not be left for common crime as directed in the constitution of our nation to be precise Nigeria state, which celebrate state looters and grant them safe ride home.Now if the state actually want to implement the act it should be done with good reformed legislation to include all aspect of criminal acts against the state effective.To avert in house redress to keep them out of punishable crime.The government rule should that the state resources should be treated as capital crime against the nation.I will support the killing and ceased public office holders assets as it will control crime as well.so capital punishment should be handle on all crime to the State.

  • Tongbe - 10 years ago

    i strongly support death penalty for those that actually murdered fellow human been like them. I have once heard an ex convict who was jail for murder related case for about 6 years, treathening to kill his co- tennant, at a point even bosted that he is a graduate of crime, that the highest punishmet he can get is returning him to jail.

  • ccube921 - 10 years ago

    @ Pro Wang - If somebody killed somebody you know and love, then we'll see about learning how to forgive.

  • zerlog - 10 years ago

    Killing another human being proves that you are no more right than he's.
    The thoughtfulness that if you kill more people you expect less to be a victim of a crime is very simplistic and rudimentary.

  • zerlog - 10 years ago

    No private person or entity has the right to decide when a human being deserves to die. This is out of his/its capacity of judgement. The history/statistics show that where there's a capital punishment enforced, the crime rate is not going down. An explanation for this fact may be that a criminal does not take into consideration the possbility of being caught before comiting a crime. The conciousness of this possibility comes in the very moment after comiting the crime.

  • natasha - 10 years ago

    I personallySUPPORT the capital punishment,its the right way to eradicate Crimes made on innocent people and children....our paradise island does not any longer represents Peace and properity.crimes rates are alarming...so by implementing it people will be punished of there disgusting act and hence before killing or raping or even doing worst thing,will fear thinking of the consequences....you have taken one's one so you should pay your deeds by giving ya life.... AND WHY SHOULD WE REAR THOSE CRIMINALS WITH OUR TAX MONEY.... HELPING THESE PEOPLE MEANS WE ARE HELPING CRIMES TO REIGN IN THE SOCIETY...AND WHY SHOULD WE HELP THERE FAMILY MONTHLY???WHEN THEY WE DOING DISGUSTING ACT DID THEY THINK OF THERE FAMILY,SO WHY SHOULD WE CARE A DAMN!!!!

  • Annonynimous - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment has been existing centuries ago. It will serve as a deterrent to those who deserve it,especially the armed gangs,kidnappers and so on.

  • Annonynimous - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment has been existing centuries ago. It will serve as a deterrent to those who deserve it,especially the armed gangs,kidnappers and so on.

  • Frank - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment is not about being a deterrent it is about the punishment you deserve for killing someone.

  • Tiffany Ioramo - 10 years ago

    I find that i do NOT support Capital Punishment. I understand that murdering someone is horrible and sickening, but in my own opinion, i find that it is not mans decision on how they punish another man. I also understand that it is painful to lose someone you truly care about, but killing another man will make you just as bad because your taking a life of another into your own hands. Aa child i was raised to realise that what goes around will ALWAYS come around. But this is only my opinion.

  • Jo H - 10 years ago

    Killing another person is wrong, and barbaric, whether done in the name of the law or not. When there are alternatives (and there are) we should always use them.

  • Marcene Van Dierendonck - 10 years ago

    The myth that is costing us millions of dollars is that the death penalty prevents crime. One can also say as easily that violence begets violence. Congratulations to the LA Times for a stand befitting the 21st century. DNA has proven how fallible the justice system can be. We are only human and humans goof up once in awhile. If there is one absolutely provable guilty person that deserves the death penalty 10 times over, is it worth while to have a whole institutional system maintained at the cost of millions of dollars? No. Life in prison is equally capeable of removing the person from society with perhaps greater punishment than the death penalty and less cost to taxpayers. And life imprisonment doesn't have the collateral damage of executing innocent people and dehumanizing us as a people. Nor does it cost tax money that should go to police enforcement and detection of murderers now not caught or tax money desperately needed for education. We can't afford this appalling institution of death. Unfortunately it is an institution that rolls along under the radar without most citizens aware of the money drain. Spend my money wisely on constructive efforts, not destructive, thank you very much!!

  • H.-J.Itter - 10 years ago

    Like the bible quotes: "An eye for an eye" Especially for a rekatively law less societe like SA we need capital punishment. Where life is worth nothing to the murderer or rapist so his life should also not worth anything, he should be hanged.

  • Ashley Hines is Wrong - 10 years ago

    @Ashley Hines on March 26th 2010
    You are completely wrong in your argument. If you read your bible closely, it shows that capital punishment (death penalty) was used in the bible. If you want to pull the religious appeal, it wont work. Im religious myself and you need to understand that some people wont change no matter what you do with them (rapists, murderers, etc). Also the argument that it doesnt cost money to keep prisoners in jail is completely false. None of those prisoners pay for themselves being in prison, all of us do (the tax paying citizens of the US). If also recall, the bible does say thou shalt not kill another man, BUT it does say you will be judged an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth.

    Good luck with your religious appeal, it has no effect on me. The dealth penalty is in all ways helpful, there are no downsides to it.

  • Dave Cee - 10 years ago

    Gas them all - Child rapists, serial killers, basically anyone who's alternative sentence is life without parole. We are not talking about rehabilitation as there is no chance of these people rejoining society this is punishment.

  • suresh hingorani - 10 years ago

    death is must because it is always experienced that crimnals never never can be expected to be good after inprisonment on the contrary they come out after jail more worst. death penalty is like sweaping out bad things once for all.kill the sickness once seen.

  • Mare - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment as recognition of the sanctity of life is a contradiction of terms.

  • Mr Paul Guy Thomson - 10 years ago

    I am not in favour of the Death Penalty. The reason for this is, that the sytem is very unfair. Why you ask? well a lot of people that are sitting on death row, could be actually innocent of the crime they have been convicted of.
    There are a few reasons for this, could be that; a) Poor Defence Team b) Not being able to fund for the defence team c) Being Framed for the murder d) No DNA being checked upon e) Rong evidence being supplied. Now with all this adds up to to result of a rong person being executed. Also it is more expensive to execute someone then it is to keep them for life without parole. So my conclution to this is that the death penalty is very costly & unfair system of Justice today.

  • mona - 10 years ago

    CAPITIAL PUNISHMENT IS ULTIMATE DENIAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS,VOILATES RIGHT TO LIFE . IT IS COLD BLOODED KILLING OF HUMAN BEINGS BY STATE IN NAME OF JUSTICE. IT DENIES POSSIBILITY OF REHABILION,REFORMATION $ RECONCILLIATION.

  • Akhtar iqbal - 10 years ago

    although mr, zulkikar ali bhuto was great leader of the world no doubt,according sercumstencis punishment was legal. because if hazrat umar got penishment according his aligation mr bhuto was nor virtu then Hazrat umar it is a little example. any way i liked bhuto as great political leader. Allah keep him in Janat al ferdoos. Ameen

  • Elle - 10 years ago

    I don't agree with the death penalty because of the fact that the justice system in the US has proven that it is fallible, and as a result, people who are innocent are being put to death. If everyone played by the rules, then you would find the truth. Rehabilitation is the key and for those who prove beyond that they can not be rehabilitated, then they should receive a life sentence. I believe in second chances.

    Should Christians believe in the death penalty? If so, where does it say in the new testament that we as a society should kill people for their crimes. Who is the example in the new testament? Jesus or the law of that time? Just curious.

  • Tony Thompson - 10 years ago

    If You Can't Do The TIME. Don't Do The Crime
    If You Want To Dance, You Have Got To Pay The Fiddler
    You Live By The Sword, You Die By The Sword
    God will determine who is guilty and who was innocent, when they stand before Him
    Eye for an Eye

  • Cathy - 10 years ago

    Do you think that we should study the statistics regarding the death penalty? It never has been proven to lower crime and in states where African Americans are a majority they are the ones to show , the states, that the death penalty is used more and most often. That in itself should be a crime.

  • Judi D Harris - 10 years ago

    Perhaps we have it backwards in the Justice System. Pay the victim's surviving family for the costs of taking care of the arrangements for the Victims and everything else plus some make it easier on you while you grieve and allow you to take the time off of work while you grieve without loosing your job. What a concept, hay?

    How about this? : Do not house and see to the needs of the slob(s) who is proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have maliciously robbed your family of this precious life or the innocence of a child but euthanize them forthwith just as the mamal canine.

    Set time frame to be no more than three weeks for this process to take place and be completed.

    All offender remains will be cremated irregardless of the offender family wishes. All ashes will be burried 6 feet below the Earths surface through a one inch in diameter tube, manditorily by law by the state where the cremation takes place. Just an option/ Proposal.

    It certainly would improve the economy and save the government a ton of money. Talk about improved moral of the people if the victims of these horrible crimes, and their families were aided by the government instead of the scum bags. Wouldn't that be a welcome change? Give the rights back to the innocent instead of the guilty! That would be so great, wouldn't it? Rather than the big fat "oh well" that Victims get now.

    "Has any victim been offered a second chance

    Posted by dan smith on March 20th 2010, 1:10am "

    In Reply to Dan Smith, What you said, Dan! Not that I have ever really heard of. Wouldn't that be a great thing?

  • Judi D Harris - 10 years ago

    Perhaps we have it backwards in the Justice System. Pay the victim's surviving family for the costs of taking care of the arrangements for the Victims and everything else plus some make it easier on you while you grieve and allow you to take the time off of work while you grieve without loosing your job. What a concept, hay?

    How about this? : Do not house and see to the needs of the slob(s) who is proven beyond a reasonable doubt to have maliciously robbed your family of this precious life or the innocence of a child but euthanize them forthwith just as the mamal canine.

    Set time frame to be no more than three weeks for this process to take place and be completed.

    All offender remains will be cremated irregardless of the offender family wishes. All ashes will be burried 6 feet below the Earths surface through a one inch in diameter tube, manditorily by law by the state where the cremation takes place. Just an option/ Proposal.

    It certainly would improve the economy and save the government a ton of money. Talk about improved moral of the people if the victims of these horrible crimes, and their families were aided by the government instead of the scum bags. Wouldn't that be a welcome change? Give the rights back to the innocent instead of the guilty! That would be so great, wouldn't it? Rather than the big fat "oh well" that Victims get now.

    "Has any victim been offered a second chance

    Posted by dan smith on March 20th 2010, 1:10am "

    In Reply to Dan Smith, What you said, Dan! Not that I have ever really heard of. Wouldn't that be a great thing?

  • Jerry - 10 years ago

    If we were to abolish the death penalty in favor of life without parole, then the liberals would attack life sentences as being barbaric and unjust. Liberals are crazy and crazy is forever, with no treatment available. They are a threat to us all.

  • Angela - 10 years ago

    You people are gonna give yourselves heart attacks! Spread a little love. X

  • Justin - 10 years ago

    Anyone that KILLS,.. or CAUSES DEATH,.. just because his ACTIONS would serve his demandings.. neglecting the well being of the public that those were applied through, by CONTAMINATING the SOIL,.. WATER resourses or ATMOSPHERE, as well as all people participating by taking careless actions to all the upper,.. should have NO EXCUSE.. and should be given the DEADLY SIRENGE SHOT..

  • Tracy - 10 years ago

    To Pro Wang: "Live and learn to forgive"? Would you so quick to say that if a loved one of yours was brutally murdered? I highly doubt it!

  • Mohammad Shafiq - 10 years ago

    Every civilized society has laws and orders to protect innocent people from culprits. The best way to establish peace in society is to tackle the criminals with iron hand so that germs of crime should be killed before they grow up. If state show linency about the punishmes, it is like supporting cirme to grow. On other hand great care must be taken not to punish an innocent.

  • Aliana - 10 years ago

    Is killing in a war considered murder by the government? no. this is the same thing! we are killing people to protect the innocent.....

  • Aliana - 10 years ago

    uh ashley hines? i am a STRONG believer in God, even if im only in eigth grade. look at Numbers 35:16-18( or around that area! i dont remember exactly)

  • Aliana - 10 years ago

    hey, im a eigth grade student working on a debate supporting capital punishment, and advice? good websites? helpful ideas?

  • Peter - 10 years ago

    I do no thave enough faith in any judicial system to put anyone to death on the basis of a court finding. There certainly are some people deserving of significant punishment and I do not understand why the death penalty advocates want to let them off so easily. Consider life in prison, and life in solitary confinement; much more severe than any (relatively quick) execution.

  • Dr. Jim - 10 years ago

    I strongly support the DEATH PENALTY. I think there should be a 5 year time limit between sentence & exocution. This should be enough time for a wrongly convicted person to produce evidence proving their innocence. NO MORE 10, 15, 20 years and more sitting on DEATH ROW !!! That is totaly a waste of money and justice. The victims are only being victimized further by the court system. NO MORE "lethal injections" either !! The victims were not treated humanely by their perps. Hang them in front of the court house, let any one who wants to watch justice being dolled out. It will make people in the crouds and TV viewers realize justice does exist for the victims and will make people think before committing the crimes that the criminal was executed for.

  • Chris Elliott - 10 years ago

    I used to be in favour of the death penalty, but not now. It is barbaric and has been shown to be ineffective in reducing crime. In fact criminals are more likely to use deadly force to evade capture. Having said that, some of you should be hung for butchering the english language.

  • Rosaline Matthews - 10 years ago

    I can understand that a mother would want the murderer of her child dead, however, does that make it right? People look to the government for an example of how to run their lives, and if the government murders people, then will not the citizens? This is very wrong. If the law executes an innocent person, what can you do to repay their family?NOTHING!!!People should serve life-literally, NO GETTING OUT! They should serve without any enjoyments except church. Maybe solitary confinement would work, but who knows? All I know is that I am a very opinionated freshman in high school and I know that the people of the United States of America are going insane. They no longer have any pride in their country.When Fidel Castro, dictator of Cuba, approved of the passing of the healthcare bill of Obama's, I knew somehting was wrong in our country. Castro forced my family to flee Cienfuegos, Cuba, and he ripped our lives apart. We now understand what the poor of our country had to go through because we lived in a palace (Palacio del Valle), but we went to poor, jobless immigrants. My uncle tried to stow away in the cargo hold of a plane, but died during the flight due to a lack of oxygen. My family is full of warriors, and if they survived that time in Cuba's history, then I know that I can survive Obama's reign, and make a difference in the community by opposing Capital Punishment.

    I AM DING A RESEARCH PROJECT FOR ENGLISH ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT, AND I"VE CHOSEN THE ARGUEMENT AGAINST IT.I NEED INFO ON THIS TOPIC BADLY!!! MY PAPER IS DUE ON FRIDAY!!!

  • Jun - 10 years ago

    let's talk about countries that have capital punishment and those that do not... Out of these non death penalty countries, only a few are developing or even undeveloped... on the other hand, out of all these death pentaly countries, only united states, japan, and taiwan, are developed... we don't take singapore or qadar into account, coz those are pseudo developed countries, foreign workers are developed, the citizens totally AREN'T... so how did this happen? what caused this? well in countries with death penalty, the police forces tend to be much weaker... and i still can't find out the reasons...
    and now we can discuss how much it costs to take care of a prisoner for a whole lifetime... they have to contribute $20000 at least every year to the public government... and how much do they get back? well i do not think even enough to build a prison wall... so... well... i doubt working like a dog and eating stuff that smells like shit is a wise idea...
    and don't you guys think letting the unforgiven bastards die at one single shot is kind of lenient to them?

  • Paul Sherwood - 10 years ago

    The law in this country (England) is too soft on criminals. The efforts of the police are often wasted and the criminals know it, and this is why the crime rate is so high, it's almost a joke we need radical change because the present system
    just isn't working, it's a waste of time as well as money. Human rights are earned.

  • Anna - 10 years ago

    Margaret Turnbull you talk about the cost of keeping prisoners behind bars, you are obviously not aware that is costs around the same amount of money to implement the death penalty as it does to keep someone behind bars for their entire life. Although I may feel different if one of my loved ones were killed I don't believe it is our job to play god and decide who lives and dies. Lock them in a cell. Also many countries such as Bali, Thailand and Singapore carry the death penalty for drug smuggling and although these people obviously aren't that smart I don't believe they deserve to die.

  • Ken - 10 years ago

    Although the death penalty does nothing to reduce the number of murders. What it does give is the final punishment available to those convicted of captal crimes. Ist degree Murder, Murder committed during the operation of a crime
    Treason etc. a Police Officer is killed in the line of Duty, he bleeds red. Cut me I bleed red no difference My life means as much to me as does life to the slain officer

  • Ashley Hines - 10 years ago

    Shame, shame shame on all supporters of the death penalty who claim to believe in God.

    What part of "thou shalt not kill" do you not understand?

    Don't forget, God forgives those who repent their sins. But those who continually support the death penalty know it to be a sin, yet by their support, keeping sinning openly.

    And then you go to church every week to to clear your conscience. You can cheat yourself, but not God. He sees how unrepentant you are. And in this case he DOES NOT forgive you. Be careful for where you are headed in the afterlife.

  • desmondo30 - 10 years ago

    All terrorists convicted in a court of law MUST be put down.There is a law that if a dog bites you he should be put down,terrorists try and do kill inocent people and if put in prison for life the people what thiis scum was trying to kill have to pay to keep them alive!!!!!!
    Desmondo30

  • paul caulfield - 10 years ago

    Nobody has the right to take a life full stop.
    An eye for an eye is bollox

  • R Boocock - 10 years ago

    I think with the advent of DNA testing; that we can be almost certain that people are guilty . If thereis any doubt whatsoever it should be cmmuted to life improsonment . Where people are guilty out of their own mouths they should be dropped straight away i am talking about the Yorkshire ripper, the moors murderers the black panther dennis nielson etc . It costs a small fortune to keep someone in jail and we already know that these people are guilty .SO TOP EM IMMEDIATELY ?

  • Premjit Singh Khaidem - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment does not serve any purpose , the deterrent nature of the capital punishment does not reduce the crime rate or increase the crime rate of any place .It is just uncivilized and brutal.

  • robert curley - 10 years ago

    my 10 year old son jeff was kidnaped and kill on oct. 1st of 1997 at first i was in favor of the death penalty but over time after looking at it very hard i changed my position. it's a long story

  • kaitlynn - 10 years ago

    P.S. it does cost money to put people in jail but it costs more to kill them, sure one less criminal but money were in debt people put them in jail for gods sake

  • kaitlynn - 10 years ago

    ok i think that if we are killing people because they killed people isnt that the same thing but from doing further research on this i found that if someone kills and rapes a child and another accidentally kills someone who would you execute who is the one who is most likely to do it again if you give them the chance the person who raped and killed the child i understand putting the accidental murderer in jail for 10/20 years but not so long because they dont deserve it they didnt kill them purposefully and from reading some of the pro death penaltys comments i see where youre coming from but what if you accidentaly killed someone would you want to be "leagaly murdered"
    - K

  • AMMJ Wijesiriwardene - 10 years ago

    I suppose that nobody is born a a criminal; society should be held responsible. Rehabilitation is better.

  • resnyc - 10 years ago

    It is a cold, hard fact that hundreds of people who have been convicted of a capital offense in the last decades were later proved to be innocent. As long as there is any chance that someone might be wrongfully convicted of a capital offense, there is a risk that the state will put to death innocent people. Even if it only happened in a small fraction of the cases, it would mean that the state was guilty of murder, along with whoever accused the innocent person. And that innocent person could be any one of us. The death penalty exists because the public told the politicians we wanted it, so therefore the people who cast those votes would also be guilty of murder in such a case. But if those same wrongfully-convicted were just in prison - without possibility of release unless proved innocent - the worst that could be said was that a mistake was made, a mistake that could be at least somewhat corrected. The only thing worse than an individual committing murder is the state committing murder - because that's one of the basic reasons that government exists in the first place, to protect people from murder. Execution of an innocent person is a crime against humanity, and any government that engages in the death penalty, because of its potential for mistaken executions, is by definition uncivilized.

    And to all of you who say the death penalty deters crime - that is a sorry excuse for corrupt and ineffective law-enforcement in your communities, starting with how your cops respond to distress calls and ending with corrupt politicians and incompetent and too-lenient judges. Effective law enforcement in a civilized country should be able to stop crime from happening without the possibility that an innocent person could ever be put to death. If even one innocent person in 100 murder cases was put to death, the entire legal system in that government should be considered guilty of a crime against humanity.

  • Wayne G Dearry - 10 years ago

    I live in Michigan where the Death penalty was abolished in 1846-to bad for us. A lot of murders have been committed in Detroit and elsewhere(in my lifetime) in my State that would require the Death Penalty but the murder's know THEY won't get fried by law here. My brother in law was murdered in 1965 by 2 guys he knew and the sentence was go to prison for life without parole. Well one died in prison and the other one got out after 43yrs because of a stupid sympathetic Governor to reduce prison costs and parole board. The Judge did not or anyone else listen to the vehement objection of the family. The Governor and Judge did not care in the least of what the Family thought. We know these guys did the murder 100%(how?) they confessed that's how so in MY WORLD I would have fried and dried them in less than a year- not 20yrs-to expensive. NO JUSTICE FOR THIS FAMILY. I do admit in many States the death penalty is not administered right because of 1-Overzealous Prosecutors, LAME Defense Attorneys-Judges and some Jury's who should not here a capitol case in my opinion. 2- In all States that have the D P needs to be looked at and some serious changes to the system. In my world I would not leave ANY D P verdict cases only in the ruling of a Judge-Lawyers-Jury. If the penalty is Death then ALL transcripts of the trial would go to a central 3 to 5 panel of qualified individuals say retired Judges to review and make a final legal decision of yea or nay on the verdict. It is really stupid of some people to believe that our Society has no right to put People to Death. BULL There are some really bad People out there. Take a real good look at the Charles Manson gang for just one. I would have liked to see all of them lined up for a FIRING SQUAD or GAS CHAMBER and I would have liked to have given the order to fire or drop the pellets. bye bye. I would have done Charlie a little different. In Michigan here we had a guy named Grant who chopped up his wife(100% guilty) and got life w o parole-big deal. All people who commit murder, the only thing missing from their miserable lives is FREEDOM while in Prison. In MY WORLD- THEY- would have missed a LOT more. Thank You HARDCASE

  • concerned - 10 years ago

    To execute a criminal is a huge responsibility. Some convicted murderers have execution committed to life. Many have committed additional murders after that. Certainly an executed murderer will not kill again. If execution is so vile to some then ensure a life sentence is a life sentence. The cost to keep any prisoner is outrageous. Keep them working to sustain themselves but do not offer more than the basics. Keep them woprking except for the down time - eating and sleeping. Make the prisons self sufficient. Prisoners trash their lliving quaters - live in it.

  • Leonard - 10 years ago

    Capital punishment is a punishment against people who have committed hideous crime like homicide, rape, etc. This kind of punishment has its merits and disadvantages which include but not limited to:
    Capital punishment ensures the safety of society, cost of life time prison sentence is exorbitant than execution, typically violent individuals should receive capital punishment. However, punishment by death has its disadvantages. Such method of punishment is not always appropriate as it mostly affect poor people because they cannot afford the cost of good lawyer. There should be a more logical option than killing. It is highly extreme.
    Above all it helps reduce violent crime in society. This law is prevalent in countries like the U.S, China, Saudi Arabia, etc.

  • dan smith - 10 years ago

    Has any victim been offered a second chance

  • JerryS - 10 years ago

    While I value life, the cold hard fact is that we simply cannot afford to continue maintaining over crowded prisons, building new prisons, providing free food, medical, etc. to prisoner’s sentenced to life in prison. (at a cost that is more per inmate than many people make in a year).

    I do think there should be a reasonable waiting time before carrying out the execution. To allow time to find new evidence, reevaluate the case etc. (For example 5 years, extendable if evidence showing reasonable doubt of the person’s guilt is found).

    While I hate to put the equation to cold hard numbers, we simply cannot afford to be giving life sentences especially in cases where the criminal had no respect for the life of their victims.

    For example, is it really worth the paying on average about $65,000 usd a year to support one inmate? Especially when we consider someone like Charles Manson that has been in prison since 1971. (That is about 2.5 million US dollars to keep ONE person in prison and that number will continue to climb every year he lives.)

    I know a lot of people disagree but I just do not see spending that much money to take care of someone that has no regard for the life of others. . . providing free food, medical, etc. . . . when so many hard working honest people make less than $20,000 have no medical and often suffer greatly simply because they can not afford the basic necessities of life.

    Simply put the money wasted (about 10 Billion PER YEAR . . . $9,750,000,000.00 for those that are picky) on the approximately 150,000 people like Manson and the people serving multiple consecutive life sentences can do everyone a lot more good if it were used else where.

  • Margaret Turnbull - 10 years ago

    I believe that capital punishment should be brought back to Canada so that maybe the crime rate would go down. Tax payers pay taxes to keep these individuals behind bars living the life. Why should people be able to kill other people and live the life with no repracations what so ever.

  • Pro Wang - 10 years ago

    Two lives do not make a right. There are many ways to make the soul of the death in peace except revengence. Live and learn to forgive.

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