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Brad- Affirmative Dylan- Negative Resolution: The US federal government should eliminate the death penalty. Affirmative first constructive 4 minutes Problems 1.The death penalty does not offer as a deterrent to crime. The death penalty information center finds The murder rate in non-death penalty states has remained consistently lower than the rate in states with the death penalty, and the gap has grown since 1990. Murder Rate of Death Penalty States Compared to Non-Death Penalty States. (n.d.). Retrieved from -compared-to-non-death-penalty-states There is no evidence that shows a reduction in crime due to the threat of the death penalty and often times criminals would prefer the death penalty than a life sentence. In a Nagin Pepper article published by the National Academy Press, “available studies provide no useful evidence on the deterrent effect of capital punishment” Nagin, D., & Pepper, J. (2012). Deterrence and the death penalty. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. 2.It is actually more expensive to give someone the death penalty than life in prison. According to a Smart on Crime article, “the death penalty is far more expensive than a system utilizing life-without-parole sentences as an alternative punishment.” The death penalty continues to lack statistical evidence to support the assumed benefits it has. Dieter, R. C. (2009). Smart on crime: reconsidering the death penalty in a time of economic crisis: national poll of police chiefs puts capital punishment at bottom of law enforcement priorities: a report. Washington, DC: Death Penalty Information Center.
3.There have been wrongful convictions that have put innocent people to death before. The National Academy of Sciences reports that at least 4.1% of death row inmates have been wrongly convicted. There have also been many cases of botched excecutions and errors that have to do with a number of things. The excecutions are performed by amateurs as opposed to doctors and could very easily go wrong. In the case of lethal injection, you could be given the wrong amount of a certain drug very easily. One drug during the lethal injection process is meant to paralyze your body and stop your breathing so eventually, after you are sedated, you die from suffocation but we have seen before a wrong dosage of the drug that is meant to sedate you and