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Re: Studies show Death Penalty works

Postby TheRock » Thu Jun 14, 2007 7:35 pm

What often gets lost in this is how much better we're getting. Instead of looking at how many people were wrongly incarcerated then exonerated by newer technology as evidence that the system is "broken", why don't we see it as the system getting better? People convicted today with modern forensics AND the testimony of witnesses are much more likely to be the ones we meant to get.
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Re: Studies show Death Penalty works

Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:32 pm

TheRock wrote:What often gets lost in this is how much better we're getting. Instead of looking at how many people were wrongly incarcerated then exonerated by newer technology as evidence that the system is "broken", why don't we see it as the system getting better? People convicted today with modern forensics AND the testimony of witnesses are much more likely to be the ones we meant to get.


Great point. There are so many things wrong with our judicial system that its easy to forget about the positives.
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Re: Studies show Death Penalty works

Postby Art Vandelay » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:53 pm

TheRock wrote:What often gets lost in this is how much better we're getting. Instead of looking at how many people were wrongly incarcerated then exonerated by newer technology as evidence that the system is "broken", why don't we see it as the system getting better? People convicted today with modern forensics AND the testimony of witnesses are much more likely to be the ones we meant to get.


But there are many other inherant flaws in the system. Even when the have the right guy, whether or not he gets a death sentence is dependent on race, gender, class, geography, whether or not it's an election year, etc. It's not evenly applied, it's not fairly applied, and in too many cases...it's not accurately applied.
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Re: Studies show Death Penalty works

Postby Lofunzo » Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:30 am

Cornbread Maxwell wrote:
TheRock wrote:What often gets lost in this is how much better we're getting. Instead of looking at how many people were wrongly incarcerated then exonerated by newer technology as evidence that the system is "broken", why don't we see it as the system getting better? People convicted today with modern forensics AND the testimony of witnesses are much more likely to be the ones we meant to get.


Great point. There are so many things wrong with our judicial system that its easy to forget about the positives.


Agreed. I also had a long rant but I decided against it. :-°
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