Last edited by ms maggie; 11-10-2012 at 01:16 PM.
I wouldn't say the death penalty is used infrequently. Certainly not in Texas, Alabama and prob some other states.
[QUOTE=Rintrah;8190369]My concern is what the lack of a death penalty does to us as a society. It says you can do whatever selfish dastardly act you like against other individuals and we're going to take care of you for the rest of your life.
There's a wide difference between murdering for one's own benefit and killing to punish and to keep a murderer from being a burden on society anymore.
Originally Posted by songfourone
There have been 301 post-conviction DNA exonerations in the United States.
• The first DNA exoneration took place in 1989. Exonerations have been won in 36 states; since 2000, there have been 234 exonerations.
• 18 of the 300 people exonerated through DNA served time on death row. Another 16 were charged with capital crimes but not sentenced to death.
• The average length of time served by exonerees is 13.6 years. The total number of years served is approximately 4,036.
• The average age of exonerees at the time of their wrongful convictions was 27.
Races of the 300 exonerees:
187 African Americans
2 Asian American
5 whose race is unknown
13 a year in Texas, 0 last year in Alabama 37 to date in the entire US. For so many democrats that murder very few get snuffed.
Your "certainly not" claim was certainly wrong.
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