Poll: Are you anti or pro the death penalty
I'm British and I'm against the death penalty
I'm British and I'm for the death penalty
I'm not a Brit and I'm against the death penalty
I'm not a Brit and I'm for the death penalty
I don't have an opinion either way
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Death Penalty
17-05-2006, 05:27 PM (This post was last modified: 17-05-2006 05:31 PM by Minklemar.)
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I had dinner with some colleagues last week, and somehow the conversaion got onto the death penalty. Our group consisted of 3 Brits and 1 American - all three Brits were anti-death penalty (for different reasons), and the American was pro-death penalty.

I was wondering if the majority of Brits are anti the death penalty. I was quite surpised by the views of my colleagues
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17-05-2006, 06:58 PM
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I think there's a tendency to support whatever is happening in your own country or state, so the British are probably going to be by and large against the death penalty while an American (esp if from a state with the death penalty) is more likely to support it.

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17-05-2006, 07:28 PM
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Very hard choice for me. I am British and on the whole am against the death penalty, my head tells me it's wrong and in this day and age when you hear of so many people being freed on appeals etc, how can you commit someone to death if you are not 1000% sure of guilt.

Then there is the emotional side of me and when I hear of child molesters/killers and the like I think that they should be condemned to death.

So I find myself very much torn.

Does that make sense?
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17-05-2006, 07:33 PM
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I used to always say I believed in the death penalty but now my thoughts are very much like Buzz's.
Unless you can be 101% sure of someone's guilt then the death penality should not be an option.
And if you are 101% sure of someones guilt, they should be made to pay for their crimes by rotting in a cell - i'm sure that would be a better punishment than death.

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17-05-2006, 09:22 PM
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Dare I say it? I agree with Buzz and PJ. As long as there are miscarriages of justice and the slightest doubt, you cannot have the death penalty.

Of course my opinion would probably change if anyone were to harm so much as a hair on the head of anyone I loved. :evilmad:
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17-05-2006, 10:32 PM
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I voted against too. I don't hold with this eye for an eye stuff.

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18-05-2006, 12:57 AM
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Against.

I think the death penalty is barbaric.

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18-05-2006, 08:52 AM
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Im torn too.

I think if someone commits a hideous crime, and they admit it / forensics (sp) confirm they were the perpetrator - why should we pay for them to go to prison for 25 years ? I would also worry about their movements when they left prison. Would they commit a crime again ?

I think for some people the death penalty would be welcomed by me - like Rose / Fred West. So im for and against - so i cant really vote in the poll as there isnt an option for me.

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18-05-2006, 10:48 AM
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I'd forgotten to vote myself!! I'm against too - for pretty much the same reasons given by Buzz, PJ and Patsy.
I much prefer the idea of LWOP (Life without the possibilty of parole), so that the general public can be safe in knowledge that the prisoner wouldn't ever be released.

Sorry I didn't have an option for you Bonnie!!
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18-05-2006, 10:57 AM
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Minklemar Wrote:Sorry I didn't have an option for you Bonnie!!

S'ok ... I'll forgive you one day Tongue

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