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CleverToad  Aug 30, 2015 • 6:14:18pm

I’d vote for discontinuing the death penalty. Yes, it’s a conversation we need to have.

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teleskiguy  Aug 30, 2015 • 11:03:29pm

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William Lewis  Aug 31, 2015 • 9:46:13pm

It’s about time that people wake up to the fact that killing people is not a good response to people being killed.

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iossarian  Sep 1, 2015 • 12:14:06pm

I think the death penalty is a real litmus test for the lack of pragmatism in many people’s political outlook. The reality is that, even if you disagree with “libruls” like me and think it’s reasonable to execute people guilty of certain heinous crimes (a position I understand even though it isn’t mine), the death penalty is a really problematic “tool in the justice toolbox”, if you will. The three principal problems being:

a) it costs a shit-ton of money in legal back-and-forth
b) related to a), it can really only be deployed in absolutely slam-dunk cases, or else it turns out every so often that you’ve executed someone for no good reason
c) it’s getting increasingly hard to get people to carry it out, especially the (necessary) medical personnel

If you were a pragmatic fiscally conservative law’n’order type, I just don’t see how you could justify keeping it.


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