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Should we get rid of the death penalty?

Less than half of Americans support the death penalty according to the latest numbers from Pew Research Center. Critics of the death penalty oppose it because they see it as a barbaric punishment, it does not deter crime, and the system allows innocent people to be executed. Supporters of the death penalty argue it is leverage to help prosecutors reach deals, and that it is an uncomfortable responsibility the state must do to achieve justice. What do you think? Vote!

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  • Innocent people can and have been executed.
  • There's no proof that the death penalty actually deters crime.
  • It's extremely expensive

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  • Some crimes can only be punished by death.
  • It brings the family closure.
  • Prosecutors can use the threat of the death penalty to reach plea bargains. 
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The Center on Wrongful Convictions at the Northwestern University School of Law compiled a list of 39 individuals who were executed despite doubts about their guilt.

Critics of the death penalty argue that even if one innocent person is executed, that is one too many. The death penalty is only fair if we're sure that the state is only executing those who deserve it. It's been shown time and again that states, for a variety of reasons, have put innocent people to death. 

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A majority of studies find that the death penalty has no effect on the crime or homicide rate. 

"We certainly can’t say there is a deterrent. We can’t say there is not either," said Marc Mauer, the executive director of The Sentencing Project, adding that the lack of evidence was itself worth considering. "I think at the very least the fact that there’s certainly no reason to believe there’s a significant deterrent effect should give pause."
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Finally, critics of the death penalty argue that if the death penalty has little to no real world impact, the practice should end purely on economic costs. In Kansas, it costs twice as much to keep someone on death row compared to the normal prison population. If our prison and justice system is constantly underfunded, it does not make sense to keep an ineffective and highly expensive punishment as law. 

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Supporters of the death penalty say that the voice of the victims is often lost during debates about the death penalty. For some families, the only way to get closure or peace is by knowing the person who took their loved one away is dead. Punishment isn't just about crime deterrence, it is about a real sense of justice. 

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Supporters also argue the death penalty is used in ways beyond executions. The possibility of the death penalty gives prosecutors leverage to reach better plea bargains and get the criminal to give up important information. If the death penalty is taken away, it takes away a useful tool from the justice system. 

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Supporters of the death penalty argue some crimes are so extreme and disgusting that the only worthy punishment is death. 

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