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There is no credible evidence that capital punishment deters crime.
Innocent people are convicted and executed. Conservatively, over 4% of those sentenced to death are innocent.
Impoverished defendants, as compared to those in the middle or upper-classes, are represented by incompetent, inexperienced legal counsel. Poor people comprise nearly all death row convictions, making the death penalty applicable, almost exclusively, to those of low socio-economic status.
The purpose of the justice system isn't to punish people or exact vengeance.
$28,893.40 per year per inmate is a considerable cost for offenders deemed unable to be rehabilitated.
Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population.
"It's cheaper" is a pretty callous way to justify killing people.
Because a person doesn't fit into what the general population deems a person should be like doesn't mean that person deserves to die.
(S)He is just as much a part of humanity and therefor we should create an image of society where everyone has their place. Even the most extreme people should fit in