Death Penalty & Anti Death Penalty: Is There Middle Ground?

People who support the death penalty and those who oppose it come together to find middle ground. Can they push past their beliefs and understand each other …


  1. Wait so the anti death penalty girl thinks it’s ok for citizens to burn someone alive for raping a child but it’s not ok for a serial killer to be killed by lethal injection which is decided on by people who aren’t driven by overwhelming emotion?

  2. Oh honeyyyyyssss as a social work student some mental illnesses can't be treated and the people who suffer from that are just a danger for society so no they can't be rehabilitated because they suffer from an illness that has no medicine, it has nothing to do with death penalty (I mean of course it does but thats not my point lol)

  3. 7:25 Well, if she is siding with the mother that did take revenge, and I understand why one would feel so much rage for raping their 7 year old daughter but it was not her place to do so. If this woman really think that was okay, then this world would be crazy. Everyone would be taking revenge on each other, trying to take matters in to their own hands. Like Mahatma Gandhi once said, “An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.”

  4. To me, at 7:30
    It was pretty much a death penelty when the anti death penelty herself said that the lady did an act of justice by killing the man. How is that any different from a death penelty, exept the fact that her killing was more personal.

  5. Also, to the with time you can forgive anything question, I believe to truly move on with you’re life, you need to forgive. Yes, you can hate that person for the rest of your life, but you can’t move on without forgiveness. You don’t forgive people for things because you like them, you forgive them because it is you’re time to heal and move on and truly enjoy your life

  6. I feel like the death penalty is too nice. If someone is a truly horrid person, they deserve the pain and heartache they inflicted onto others. They should be in solitary confinement. They should get some form of revenge enacted on them for the truly horrible thing they did. The woman that burned her husband? She might have had horrible impulse control and anger issues. A mother’s instinct is to protect her child even if the threat isn’t immediate. That woman probably deserved help. Mental institution. She isn’t on the same level as a person who was a cereal killer with no intent besides it being his MO. Yes, she doesn’t deserve to go Scott free, she did do something really scary, but just as people who hurt themselves don’t see what they’re doing, she might not have thought it through and had those mental issues and tendencies that were unleashed due to the acts her husband did to her own flesh and blood.

  7. personally, i feel death is the easy way out, i don’t believe a person that has murdered 40 people should be given the death penalty because they won’t be able to reflect on their actions or think about who they’ve killed and that effect it gave onto their loved ones. i know people are going to say “well, they’re a killer why would they reflect on their choices if they don’t think it’s wrong.” you don’t know a killer’s mind or thoughts, i don’t a killer’s mind or thoughts, only the killer itself knows their thoughts. if a killer does feel guilty for what they did, GREAT, they can spend their sentence thinking about what they’ve done. if a killer shows no signs of resentment etc. they still need to do the time they deserve to do. that’s why life sentences exist, so people like that will never get out of jail unless of course their case is reopened and a court of law says otherwise, which i don’t think is as common, but i could be wrong.

  8. I dont think you get to decide if you get a second chance whether you think/believe you deserve it. Id love to have a million dollars but i cant expect someone to give that to me since I blew that last million on drugs, cuz it could potentially screw over the loaner once again. If the actions of someone else is at the cost of another life then the consequences are not in your hands.

  9. I'm against the death penalty but I CANNOT get behind that girl and her hypotheticals. The reason why I can understand the points of view of death penalty supporters is because their moral and fiscal debates are rooted in facts. She puts people in traps.

  10. I'm pro death penalty… Under precise conditions: there is concrete evidence that they committed the crime, the crime they committed was worthy of death (murder/ rape/ pedophilia) and they would be sentenced to life in prison if they weren't faced with the death penalty. It would be a form of population control. There's an increasing number of people on the planet and only limited resources. Also, it costed the US $39 billion to maintain prisons in just 40 states in 2010 alone. If the amount of people they had to house decreased, so would the cost. That money could then be put into the education system, healthcare or even better rehabilitation programs for the prisoners who actually have a chance to go back into society.
    That's just my opinion 😀

  11. I'm just gonna copy and paste the shitty essay I wrote on this topic:

    Bang, click – that’s the sound of a gunshot that killed an innocent man, and the needle that killed a convict. Do we really know if the convict was guilty, though? Unless there’s DNA evidence, how is our justice system allowed to sentence them to death? There’s no doubt that there are crimes that should be penalized with death, but why take the chance that they could be innocent? Or waste our tax dollars housing people on death row, instead of getting it over with. These are a few reasons why we should enforce the death penalty, but on the basis of admissible DNA evidence.
    If you think about it in depth, murderers take someone’s life. They’re thieves of the most precious thing some people have. It’s grand larceny of a person, and that can lead to the suicides of family members. Over 33,900 Americans commit suicide every year, and some of these are brought about by the murder of a loved one.
    Prisons absorb tax dollars like a sponge, at least $81 billion every year, according to the Bureau of Justice statistics. Innocent citizens pay for the housing, plumbing, electricity, and meal plans of prisoners, when this money could be going to underfunded departments, such as education. To put it into perspective, America spends $20,585 more per prisoner per year than per student per year, according to the US Census Bureau.
    While there are many reasons the death penalty should most definitely be enforced, it should be enforced with caution. Studies done by the Death Penalty Information Center show that 4.1% of people on death row are innocent. Making sure the inmates are convicted on DNA evidence could reduce the number of innocent convicts to 0% if enforced properly.
    All that said, the death penalty on limited terms could be a great way to solve problems in the whole country. It would reduce the amount of innocent people on death row, make prisons cost less money, have less people being killed to begin with, and bring down suicide rates.

  12. I’m relatively new to this channel so the answer may have been addressed earlier, but has anyone ever agreed but changed their minds and left the circle? Or vice verse?

  13. The death penalty actually does make people deter from commiting murder. However the problem is not the death penalty the problem is the justice system. How you gona have one person go to jail for 25 plus years for selling crack, and other things and give 25 plus years for a murder . Makes no sense.

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