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Unformatted text preview: Retentionism 1. A Retentionist – someone who advocates retaining the death penalty as a mode of punishment for some crimes 2. Given retributivism (punishment based on desert). Retentionist does not have to prove that the death penalty deters better than prison, only that it is at least as effective, if justified T: its hard to tell how many people are deterred by the death penalty because when we look at capital offense criminals, those are just the people that weren’t deterred S: you cant make the claim that the death penalty is more of a deterrent than things such as life imprisonment T: you can give a whole different argument about the deterrence of life in prison, but its not really a counterexample. S: im not really saying it’s a counterexample, but the argument doesn’t really hold that much weight to me because the main thing hes saying is that capital punishment is more of a deterrent than life imprisonment and hes using this argument to prove that, and it doesn’t really make sense.doesn’t really make sense....
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- Spring '08