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Is it time to abolish the death penalty?

Less than half of all Americans support the death penalty, and the numbers continue to decline. Criminal justice activists say the death penalty should be abolished because the system is broken—courts have convicted and executed innocent people in the past. On top of that, there is no evidence that shows the death penalty has a deterrent effect on crime. Others argue the death penalty should be preserved for heinous criminals and as a tool for prosecutors to broker deals. What do you think?

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Criminal justice activists say the court system is fundamentally flawed and is unable to prevent innocent people from being convicted and put to death. That alone should be enough reason to end death penalties. 

Mistaken convictions are a particular concern when they involve death sentences. Six of the people exonerated last year had been sentenced to death, the registry said. Wrongly executing someone is “the ultimate nightmare,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said recently. But Holder, who opposes the death penalty, called this an “inevitable” feature of the current capital punishment system, which relies on the judgment of people who can make mistakes.
Marty Stroud, a former prosecutor, wrote a letter to a man he helped sentence to death, only to later find out he was innocent. Here's an excerpt of what he wrote: 
No one should be given the ability to impose a sentence of death in any criminal proceeding. We are simply incapable of devising a system that can fairly and impartially impose a sentence of death because we are all fallible human beings.The clear reality is that the death penalty is an anathema to any society that purports to call itself civilized. It is an abomination that continues to scar the fibers of this society and it will continue to do so until this barbaric penalty is outlawed. Until then, we will live in a land that condones state assisted revenge and that is not justice in any form or fashion.
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The death penalty should be used sparingly to punish the worst of criminals. Some criminals commit such horrible acts that the only fitting punishment is death. 

Colorado’s criminal code is crafted to provide DAs the tools to seek justice through prosecuting and plea-bargaining based on numerous factors specific to the individual cases they pursue. It is common sense that a criminal’s sentence potentially may be enhanced based on the heinous nature of their act, the number of victims, the age and type of victim, and whether the offender is a repeat offender. A third DUI is punished more harshly than a first. A crime spree involving numerous burglaries leads to a longer sentence than a single break-in. Assaulting a child is more aggravated than the same assault on an adult. A convicted felon who commits a new crime is incarcerated longer than a first-time offender. One size does not fit all. This is justice.
If Colorado were to repeal the death penalty, first-degree murder would become the only crime for which no distinction is made for the number of murders committed, the aggravated nature of the murder, whether the victim is a child or an at-risk adult, or even whether a previously convicted murderer kills yet again. Repealing the death penalty would result in acts similar to those in Newtown, Conn., or the acts of Tim McVeigh being punished no differently than a single murder of one gang member by another. Each murder after the first would be a freebie. This is not justice.
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Supporters of the death penalty think some crimes are so horrible, the only fitting punishment is death. 

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