Debate For Capital Punishment

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I. The death penalty is a deterrent of crime A. In 1973 Issac Ehrlich made an analysis that showed for every inmate executed, 7 innocent lives were spared.

B. The death penalty is the most extreme penalty, therefor criminals fear it the most.

C. Senator Arlen Specter, who has 12 years of experience as a senator, states "I saw many professional robbers and burglars who refused to carry guns for the fear of killing and getting the death penalty." D. In 1969 while no death sentences were given, homicides rose to 14,590.

E. From 1933-1967, (33years) between 7 and 8 potential murders were avoided.

F. The Supreme Court also thinks that the death penalty will help to make our crime rate lower, I know this because the supreme court has made every possible effort to make the death penalty fair so that it can be legal.

G. Issac Ehrlich once quoted "It is, by god, a specific deterrent" H.

Some people think that if they execute criminals quicker it would deter more murders.

II. Murderers should not get off easily.

A. Capital punishment is a way of defending all of society's innocent members.

B. To say because an innocent party might be executed we can't have capital punishment is to say that we can't execute undoubtedly guilty people either.

C. Given how narrowly capital punishment, in the 20th century, actually is applied, you have to have done pretty bad things to get yourself executed.

D. No one who has been executed has not taken another innocent life.

E. The death penalty with certain sureness the person is guilty is very much less opposed to giving someone life in prison without the possibility of parole. I think this because more suffering would come from being in a jail.

F. A mother...