Death penalty gets thumbs down in latest Underground Knowledge group poll… Have YOUR say

Posted: December 19, 2015 in Underground Knowledge
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Interim results of the latest poll in our Underground Knowledge discussion group on Goodreads.com  show around half are against the death penalty for heinous crimes.

 

 

The exact question put to Undergrounders (group members) was: Do you think there should be a death penalty for the most heinous crimes?

Results to date are as follows: 52% say NO / 22% say YES / 26% are UNSURE

 

Respondents’ comments make for interesting reading. A random selection of comments follows:

“Thou shalt not kill and if anyone does, we’re gonna kill ya!” makes no sense.

I voted 100% YES for the death penalty. I’d even pull the switch if there’s no other volunteers. Reason being…there are recidivist offenders out there who are just plain evil and beyond education, rehabilitation, redemption, salvation or any other ‘tion’. Beyond hope in other words. 

Am basically against the death penalty, especially as some of those on death row are occasionally proven to be innocent…including sometimes posthumously.

In the case of rape, the rapist would kill the victim if there’s death penalty for it. Almost always. Don’t know what to think!  

I have no right to decide who should be killed REGARDLESS of their crime. It would only be vengeance to make one feel better – that doesn’t make it right.    

I do believe there has to be a punishment that equals the crime. However, is the death penalty the answer? For some, it would be, an eye for an eye. For other the death penalty is the easy way out. Life in Prison without the possibility of parole would be a more realistic punishment. Here in Califonia, there are approximately 750 on death row awaiting execution; however, all executions are on hold. Many of those on death row have been there over 20 years, costing millions of taxpayer dollars in legal costs along.    

Why spend $100K (est.) a year to keep a proven killer in lockdown when that money could actually go toward saving lives? Seems society is more focused on looking after offenders than the offenders’ victims and victims’ families.

 

To read all respondents’ comments, or better still to have YOUR say, go to our Underground Knowledge group poll at: https://www.goodreads.com/poll/list/142309-underground-knowledge—a-discussion-group?type=group

Poll ends December 16.

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The Underground Knowledge group is a global discussion group designed to encourage debates about important and underreported issues of our era. All you need is an enquiring mind, an interest in the world we live in and a desire to learn or share “underground knowledge.”

Check it out!

https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/142309-underground-knowledge—a-discussion-group

 

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