What's An Acceptable Number Of Innocent People Being Executed?

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    Just wondered what an acceptable number would be for "executing innocent people by mistake" before reviewing the death penalty? What brings this up is the proud record of Texas.

    From what I've seen there have been 12 people released from Death Row in Texas. There has also been 755 executed. Now ASSUMING that EVERY ONE of the executed were, in fact, guilty as charged (highly unlikely) that would bring the average to about 1.6% faulty conviction rate.

    So what say you? Is more than 1 out of 100 "mistakes" an acceptable number? Would that be considered "collateral damage"?

    State by State Database | Death Penalty Information Center

    DA who convicted man freed from death row:

    NCADP Affiliate: Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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    What's an acceptable number of people wrongly incarcerated for rape? Do you want to stop incarcerating rapists?
     
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    Zero.

    Incarcerating an innocent person is a wrong that can be righted. No, you can't give someone back their years spent in jail if they win on appeal, but their name can be cleared and they can be given a second chance at life.

    Killing an innocent person is a wrong with no means of recourse, it cannot be undone.

    So long as the justice system is imperfect (that is, run by humans) and even moreso when it is systematically biased and at the mercy of politicians, no death penalty can be in place without murdering innocent people which is an offense against justice, morality, and society so great that it should definitively end the practice forever.
     
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    As many as possible who commit intentional premeditated murder. I still prefer the bringing back of public hangings. I think it would send a psychological warning to blacks who are thinking about murdering whites since lately we are seeing massive black on white crimes.
     
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    LOL, you just advocated lynchings.

    But I'm sure you're NOT racist.
     
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    Beyond the moral implications and the certainty that the innocent will be methodically executed in an imperfect system, there is no practical benefit to it either. So it's not as though the innocent, wrongly convicted people killed by the state are outweighed by the innocent potential victims of the guilty saved by its use. Many like it because it appeals to their base, emotionally driven instincts for vengeance (which is not the same as justice), but it has proven to not be an effective deterrent against crimes and it costs exponentially more to implement than a sentence of life imprisonment. So it's impractical and foolish on top of being so dangerous and destructive.
     
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    Aw yes, bring back the good ole days...
     
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    Damn, the latest story about Palin and the black basketball dude really has you upset.
     
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    Your belief that the people released were "innocent" is your first wrong assumption.
     

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