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For Some Colorado Lawmakers, The Death Penalty Debate Is Personal

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  1. alyaza Link
    it should be noted that colorado already basically does not use the death penalty, and this would just make it official policy. the state has only executed one person since the death penalty was...

    it should be noted that colorado already basically does not use the death penalty, and this would just make it official policy. the state has only executed one person since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976, and the state has a moratorium on its use which has been in effect since 2013 and seems likely to continue under jared polis, who is pretty critical of the death penalty and has said he would commute the few outstanding death penalty sentences colorado has if a bill like this is passed.

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  2. Magneto Link
    ...So wouldn't that just be a jail? Some people say that they don't want their tax dollars going towards feeding/housing a criminal but the cost with imposing a death penalty would apparently be...

    "Even after the fact there was no remorse from what he had done," Sullivan says of Holmes. "There's every indication if he were to have another chance at this, he would try to do it again. We have a mechanism if those people don't want to be a part of our society; we should have the ability to take those people out of our society."

    ...So wouldn't that just be a jail?

    Some people say that they don't want their tax dollars going towards feeding/housing a criminal but the cost with imposing a death penalty would apparently be 10 times as large than it would be to keep them alive for life.

    I also think the death penalty is the "easy way out". I think a criminal would suffer more having to think for the rest of their lives in a cell than to be given a near painless instant death.

    Also it can happen that a innocent person gets put onto death row. All the evidence may point to that individual as being guilty, but there's no 100% guarantee that they actually committed the crime. It's possible that an individual was "set up". Even with confession, it could be possible the person was manipulated to confess to a crime, or they lack mental capacity to properly defend themselves.

    The argument supporting a death penalty in a modern democratic society doesn't really hold up.

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