Wednesday, September 22, 2010

San Quentin Readies Refurbished Death Chamber (Post #12)

The death penalty is a very controversial issue and is in the news again. A brand new death chamber has been recently built at San Quentin Prison near San Francisco at a cost of $825,000. The current economic conditions in the state of California make this expenditure questionable at best. What is your opinion on that matter? There are many others issues surrounding the death penalty like; is this a form of cruel and unusual punishment? Does the state have the right to take a life? Is the death penalty an effective deterrent to violent crime?
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156 comments:

  1. The death penalty is always in the news, because anything about taking the life of another ends up there one way or another. Normally we are told to believe that killing is wrong, and we should all get along with one another. But this fact is just wrong. Humans killing other humans is a normal part of life, like it or not. Human nature is generally violent until you are tamed by are society. Although some never fit into this category, so they kill others or commit other large crimes. For the people like that, I see no reason to keep them alive. I don't feel like spending money on them, so they can rot in jail for the rest of their life's. If we kill them, then we save money and we can move on with life, instead of wasting are time and money on this type of media and topic.

    Michael Freeman

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  2. 825k for a quick solution to problems who cost much more than that to keep alive year to year, it's worth it.

    cruel and unusual? to deserve the death penalty you would have had to have done something "cruel and unusual" and done it with conscious choice, i have no qualms about removing those kinds of people from this existence.

    right to take life? did they take life? would they continue to cause harm and damage if they were free? if we keep them they cost us money, if they die then they're out of our hair completely its all about weighing opportunity costs, risk or money?

    deterrent for violent crimes? you bet! "do this and die" pretty effective if you ask me, short of insanity, there's no excuse to disobey.

    Bryan Jenks
    Bauer P.1
    AP Gov

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  3. I think the reason the death penalty is so contraversial is because we have it drilled in our heads that killing is bad. On the other hand the criminals in the death sentence have probably commited multiple murders or another equally serious crime because for murder its usually from 20 to 30 years in jail. I believe for this reason the state has the right to eliminate individuals who have caused so much harm.if the death penalty is their punishment and its cheaper to do it, then we should. i personaly don't want to waste more tax money than i need to just to feed and clothe the criminals.
    Brenda Anguiano
    Mr. bauer P1

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  4. This is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, but these criminals were asking for it when they were murdering other people. The state does have the right to take a life when necessary to keep society away from dangerous people who have killed and may kill again if given the oppertunity. The death penalty is effective in preventing violent crime because criminals will know what's coming to them if they commit a severe crime.

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  5. i think that if a criminal committed a serious enough crime, then that....bad guy(i would like to use a much stronger word but ya know what i mean)should be put on death penalty. just think if some criminal killed and raped some girl and was just put in jail for 30 or 40 years or whatever...that definately is not what i want. put that low life on death row so he can't get another chance to do something worse.
    ~~brooke fletcher:)
    mr. bauer
    period 2

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  6. Emily Geiszler, Bauer, Period 4September 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM

    I feel that the death penalty is an acceptable punishment. If a judge and a jury of a person's peers have decided that the death penalty is what the person deserves, then that should be the end of the discussion. The people should not get to sit on death row for the rest of their lives and die there old men. We as tax payers waste millions of dollars on prison inmates who could be being put to death instead. These are not good people who have done bad things; they are bad people who have done bad things and they deserve the punishment given to them. This is not cruel and unusual punishment, death by electricution is, yes but not death by IV. The drugs that they inject when putting someone to death just make their heart stop pumping in a matter of minutes. Putting these criminals to death just means there is one less violent person on Earth.

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  7. The death penalty to many people its a wrong doing. what i think is that if the person killed other people its okay to give them the death penalty, because that person probably killed an innocent person that didn't deserve to die and should be punished. on the contrary California's economy isn't doing so good to be wasting money to build that death chamber.

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  8. I do not believe in the death penalty. First of all it is more costly to sentence someone to the death penalty than to sentence them to life in prison. Secondly I do not think it should be up to say whether a person should live or die. Also I believe that the death penalty is a easy way out of life for criminals. If a criminal kills another person then they should live with the consequences their whole life and suffer.
    Erica Ayala
    Mr. Bauer
    Per. 4

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  9. I think that it is ridiculous that a new chamber was made in San Quentin prison for that much money. I think it would be faster and cheaper to get a gallows in a room that is closed off to the public, because it still kills the person but we don't have to waste taxes on new equipment. I don't believe that the death penalty is a cruel punishment, it gets rid of danger in the neighborhood and brings relief to the families who lost a loved one through that criminal. If they don't get taken care of and just get released then they're just going to keep doing what they've been doing. I bet that criminals on death row are not killed by people who enjoy seeing death, but by those who believe in justice. It's difficult to say, but I do think the state has the right to take the life of one who takes lives as a hobby. If the state doesn't stop them, who will? Do we want to have a killer going around and putting our family in danger? I know I don't.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 3

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  10. Ok we all know that killing is wrong and that it shouldn't have been done in the first place. Of course if there is someone out there that is killing people then they should be punished. I always thought that they should just be locked up forever because no one should have the right to take a life away. If someone murdered another, it wouldn't be right to be doing the same because it wouldn't make us any better but on the other hand, others think differently because the crime must have been severe. I believe that building a new death chamber is a waste of money because they already have the old one. Why do they need a new one? They both end up executing the prisoner anyway.

    Karen Villasenor
    Mr.Bauer
    Per:2

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  11. I do believe that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment. Even though the criminals have done very bad things to most likely innocent people. I believe that they should suffer and face the consequences. And spend a long time in jail. If a person has done something really bad, i believe that for that circumstance they should be punished.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr.Bauer
    P.2

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  12. I feel like the death penalty is a controversial issue. I feel like certain people should not recieve the death penatly, unless they have commited a serious crime. For example, Scott Peterson is on death row. I believe he is deserving. The death penalty is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, but, there are laws for a reason, so should you not follow the laws? Every wrong doing has a punishment.

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  13. Chad Farris - Mr Sloan - Per 4September 22, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    This subject will always be a topic of discussion. The $825k spent on a new death penalty chamber was worth it and yes, criminals who are given the death penalty should die because they had to have done something horrible to be there. Life in prison gives them the chance to see the sun, eat, watch TV, talk to their family. This is something the person or people they have killed will never get to do again. The state does have the right to have this type of sentencing, but I think it should be federal law and the same for each state.

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  14. karina ramos period 1 mr sloan

    in my opinion i see the death chamber as a cruel and unusual punishment. i beleive that the state of california is not in good conditions to spend money to have built this new death chamber. i sencirley dont believe in death as a punishment for a death crimed criminal. if this happend i believe the criminal should be punished in the way of many years or till life.

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  15. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2September 22, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I believe that the money used to make a new death chamber should have been spent on something else. Depending on what someone did, then yes, I do believe that the death penalty would be appropriate in some cases. However, states shouldn't focus on killing, but should come up with other ways where justice could be obtained.

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  16. The Death Penalty will always be a controversy because death and murder is never an easy topic to talk about. In my opinion the money spent on the death chamber was worth it. Criminals who are charged with the death penalty definitely deserve nothing better than it.

    Chris Woodard
    Bauer, Period 3

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  17. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5September 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    I believe that building a new death chamber was worth it. I strongly believe in the death penalty. If people are willing to take the lives of others, then they deserve to die as well. We don't need criminals in our society. Why keep them in jail and waste a jail cell when they could just be killed? If justice isn't served then criminals may keep killing or committing crimes because they know they won't be killed. I do not think this is cruel and unusual punishment. Well if you use electricution then it is, but killing them from an IV isn't. The IV method is a painless procedure; therefore, it isn't cruel or unusual in my opinion. This money spent on a new death chamber was worth it to me.

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  18. Maggie Flores, Mr. Bauer p.5September 22, 2010 at 9:34 PM

    I think that the death penalty is a good thing because criminals deserves it for their actions. They took other peoples lives, then why not take theirs. And i think that the money spent on the chamber is a good thing.

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  19. There's a reason this topic is so controversial! In my head alone I have two completely seperate arguments for each side.
    On one hand, my logical mind says that anyone who commits these horrible crimes of taking the lives of others should not be on this planet. W dont need people like this in our society and would be much better off without them. If I had a family or friend who was a victim of murder, I know that I would want the killer dead. I would want to know that the murderer was suffering the consequences of the pain he or she had caused everyone else.
    And yet, my morals tell me that this is not our decision as humans. To take someone else's life is not the job of us as humans, it is God's job. This leads me to feel that it would not be morally right for us to make the decision to take the life of another human.
    As hard as it is, I just can not fully believe in either side of this argument at this time with the knowledge I currently have, because there are so many arguments to this issue.
    As for right now, the economy is in the toilet. Why are we spending our money on this death chamber? Who is this helping? At the present time, let's focus on something else, please.

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  20. Kayla O'Hara sloan p.5September 22, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    i think its a good idea and worth it because if the person did a cruel and unusal crime then he or she should get a cruel and unusal punishment. so i think its good

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  21. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2September 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    Wow, the people on death row are lucky they are even killed in a "humane" way. If it were up to me those idiots would be murdered in the same fashion they did to their victims. That would really make a would be violent offender think twice before committing murder.

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  22. If a person takes anothers life, then he is a danger to society. This not only saves money, but makes America a safer place.

    Victoria Turney
    Bauer 1st

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  23. i think that is a really bad way of killing someone.They kill that person for a crime they comitted and they are doing the same thing killing so they shouldnt kill people that way because God gave us the right to live and only he could take our lives away.

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  24. Prisoners on death row have all committed very serious crimes, and it seems unjust that we give them TV, food, and a bed to sleep in. One of the biggest problems California is facing is an overcrowding of prisons and a lack of funding to control and take care of the number of criminals we punish. This has resulted in many prisoners being put on parole when they would not have gotten out otherwise. The increasing number of parolees is also a burden on parole officers, who have to make sure that these people are no longer being menaces to society. This problem is clearly shown in the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard by Phillip Garrido, a parolee who obviously should have been in prison, but was allowed to ruin the lives of others yet again. Keeping prisoners alive is pushing other criminals back to the streets, which is the last thing anyone wants.

    However, I also believe that people can always change their lives. It is not within the government's authority to decide if one person is worth keeping alive or not. In fact, no one has the authority to decide if a person should be kept alive or not. We all cry for justice, but do we really want justice? How many times have you screwed up and got away with it? Does justice look so peachy now? The prison system is in shambles, but the death penalty is not the solution.

    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 2

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  25. I am a very big believer in a eye for an eye. If someone believes they have the power to take a life, then they deserve something like the death penalty. Now about the new chamber. I don't think that this investment was very smart, just based on the fact that that money could've been used for something else like schools, children, etc. But with the public safety in mind, I am totally for anything that makes Californian streets that much more safe.

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  26. Spending all of that money on a new death chamber is very unnecessary as far as I can see. The CNN clip made it seem like the new chamber had more room for friends and family? If a person is undergoing the death penalty, yes we want it to be secure and humane and what not, but there has to be a way to do that in under $800,000.

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  27. The death sentence is always a tricky topic to discuss. Personally, I'm not a believer in the death penalty. My biggest fear with this punishment is executing an innocent person. Once an execution is done, there is no turning back. Also, a better punishment I think for a person who committed murder would be to have to live the rest of his/her life with the guilt and to be stuck in jail rather than being put out of his/her misery. The belief I have with the death penalty reflects my opinion of the building of a new death chamber. Our economy is still struggling and the $800,000 used to build the new facility could have been put to something else that is VERY necessary to the United States. It also made me uncomfortable to see that they now have actual seating for people to watch the execution. Although it is strictly for relatives and family (at least I believe I heard in the video), it is odd that the seats are set up like seating to see a play or a baseball game. Maybe there is a purpose to it, but seeing the set up of the new death chamber made me feel very awkward and uncomfortable while watching the video. It is just my opinion, but I think that money could have been put to a project more beneficial to our economy.

    Devin Smith, P.1., Mr. Bauer

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  28. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1September 23, 2010 at 6:57 AM

    I don't think there's anything wrong with the death penalty. If someone has done something horrific enough to deserve that, then so be it. They probably deserve it, to be blunt. I think it's a great way to lower crime rates. Most people really don't want to die... But states should have the right to sentence the death penalty, if someone did something THAT bad in that state, the state deserves to give an equal punishment right back to that person.

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  29. I think they really shouldn't have built a brand new death chamber especially now that we basically have NO MONEY. Also having the death chamber sounds cruel. I really don't see the need in having one. Like it's an awful way to torture someone. That's not right either. State doesn't or really shouldn't have the right to take a life. Death penalty is still a violent crime. It shouldn't happen.
    Sloan Period 1

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  30. This $825, 000 facility was not worth it. I
    personally don't think these death row inmates deserve anything new like a bigger execution room. What about the old one? If it's still in good condition, might as well use it until it crashes. The money should have went to something else.

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  31. I agree with the death penalty. I think that if someone committed a violent crime then they should die for what they did. I think that the new death chamber was a good idea even though california doesn't have a lot of money this was a good choice. Sloan per 1

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  32. Luis Anguiano
    Mr. Bauer Period 2

    I think that if a criminal did a very serious crime he or she should be put to death. I do think the death chamber was a good idea.

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  33. Eh, I kinda see on both sides of the fence for this one. I mean, if the person is innocent, then it's unfair to execute him. On the other hand, if the suspect is guilty, then I have no problem with giving him the axe. And as far as a deterrent, no law is ever a deterrent, no matter what the punishment. People will still commit the crime regardless. After all, criminals never obey the law, that's why they're criminals.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4

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  34. You have to think about why the death penalty exists. The death penalty is for criminals who have killed others. The death penalty is made for a reasonable purpose. I personally believe it is wrong though. Taking a person's life is just as bad as the reason we're doing it. We can't solve death with death. The death penalty is reasonable, but morally wrong.

    Daniel Ruiz
    Sloan
    Govt, Per. 5

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  35. I personally believe in the "eye of an eye" form of punishment. Therefore, I believe in keeping the death penalty in our justice system. But as far as I know, a new death chamber is unneeded in this current economy. The money could be spent in so many other ways that would better benefit society.

    Conner Woods Bauer

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  36. MIRIAM BEJINES P.5 MR.SLOANSeptember 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    My opinion about death penalty,is that i don't is necessary to take someone's life for a crime,there can be different ways to punish that person.I dont belive death penalty is the SOLUTION.

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  37. The death penalty is something that is very conriversial.It is effective because its the punishment that someone deserves when they commit a crime that very cruel and unusual.Alot of people do not want these dangerous people around anymore but they are really not around because they are living in jail.I think it was unessesary to build a death chamber when we are in a bad economy right now.I think saving money is more important than taking someones life.They can suffer in a jail cell for the rest of their life.That death chamber wasnt nessesary at this point in time.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Sloan Governement
    Per.4

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  38. I believe that the death penality is cruel and that no one should take a life, they should receive life in prision not death. And i also believe that this death chamber was a complete waste of money, it could of been spent on other things like schools or to better the community, instead it was used on a way to kill somebody?

    Trista Dowdy
    sloan per.5

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  39. I think that the death penalty is an acceptable form of punishment. If they committed such a horrible crime to even be given the death sentence, then yes they deserve it. But do i think that a new chamber had to be built? No. $825,000 is a lot of money to be spent on something new when the old one still worked fine. That money could have been put towards something else.

    Chelsea Ray
    Mr.Sloan p.1

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  40. Enrique Angulo
    Bauer
    Economics
    23 Sep 2010

    The death penalty is by far the dumbest investment due to the fact that our economy is doing bad. If someone is guilty for murder then let them rot in prison they should know that if they can't due the time then they shouldn't do the crime. It's simple and plain

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  41. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5September 23, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    This is such an uncomfortable topic to discuss, but if I have to give an opinion, I would say that I don't agree with the death penalty. I agree with Kassie Lizama that I have an argument for both sides. If someone I knew was a victim of a murder, I would want the person who committed the murder to suffer. However, I don't believe that taking someone's life is our decision. A little part of me thinks this is sinking down to their level, and killing just like they did. I believe that instead of the death penalty, people should be sentenced to life in prison so they can pay for their actions. That being said, I think it is stupid to pay so much for a new chamber when that money could be spent more wisely.

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  42. Maria Perez
    Sloan
    Per:4
    I believe that getting the death chamber that cost $825k was not worth it at all because the economy is not strong to go through so much money on things that don't help out much, when there is other things that need improvement and money in general like schools and kid activities for any activities to help them out. I do not agree on the death penalty either even if a person decided to murder another, I believe that they should be punished by staying in prison for life, because when they kill someone and go to prison but then get the death penalty i would think its the easy way out of the problem. I think they should know how hard it is to be in prison, without the freedom of doing what they want or going where they want, because they had the decision to go one way or the other, and if they decide to take the wrong path then they should face the consequences.

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  43. I believe that a death penalty is wrong. If someone were to kill another person, that person should be sent to jail for life, not be killed. Investment in this is also bad at this time due to our economy, and investments should be toward more reasonable ideas.

    Brian Leiva
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  44. Bryana Zamarripa Bauer p3September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    i believe that the death penalty is somewhat good. when it comes to people that have killed it is ok to kill them to insure that they dont harm anyone else. that is my opinion on the subject.
    Bryana Zamarripa
    Bauer p3

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  45. the death penalty is commomly looked upon as wrong. i belive that if someone takes a life in a brutal and intentional way the state has the right to sentenced the murderer to deth row. on the other hand spending money on a new executing room was not necesary. the money should have gone to inforsing the police department to secur the wll beeing of the people.
    Alondra Munoz
    sloan p5

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  46. The death penalty is not a cruel nor unusual punishment. The people who are sentenced to death must have done something to deserve it. From watching the video clip the only thing that I didn't agree on was that they spent so much money for a chamber that was just bigger, not better. Supposiveley it's because there is not enough room for the spectators to see. Who knew it was an event so many people would want to show up for? The state has the right to issue the death sentence on a criminal who deserves it, but in the case of that they have too make sure that the criminal is indeed guilty of the crime.

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  47. the death penalty is an effective way to rid the world of another dangerous criminal, but what crime must be committed to lose ones life as penalty. There are many people who will be locked up in prison for the rest of their life, so is it better to leave them their till their death or end their life early. Normally, when you get something new, you use it, but how much. The death penalty should be given to those who have committed a crime far worse than any other bad guy.

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  48. Crueal and Unusual punishment? I agree with Bryan. Didnt they have to do something really horrible and cruel to another person to recieve such a harsh punishment? I beleive that if you are convicted with first degree murder, you should be sentenced to death. I know that if somebody close to me had been murdered, I'd want the person responsible for my pain, to go throught the exact same thing. As long as someone has been put through a fair trial where they are judged by their peers, then they have recieved what is guranteed to them.

    Is $825,000 alot of money? Yes. Could it have been put to use somewhere in the state that we needed it, such as schools, roads as well as other things? Yes. Does the new facility need a 50 person seatin area, and a larger room for when he time comes for justice to be served? Not really, but the money's already been spent.

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  49. Tyler Glenn, Sloan Per. 3September 23, 2010 at 7:19 PM

    The death penalty is definitely a good thing to have. No one gets the death penalty unless they deserve it. The only problem i have is the cost. 825,000 dollars is a lot of money to spend on killing someone. Why does it matter how nice the equipment is, they are there to kill the person not make it comfortable for them. It was a waste of money because the other chamber worked fine. We spend way to much money to accommodate the needs of criminals.

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  50. The death penalty is good if the crime is really bad. I don't think that someone should get out of the death penalty because someone may feel bad for them.I think that if a person did a bad enough crime they should have the death penalty.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  51. I think that the death penalty should be enforced for certain situations. If someone deliberately murdered someone then yes they deserve to die. There is no excuse for taking someones life. SO if we have to pay for people to be put in jail that's ridiculous. I don't think it is a cruel or unusual punishment, they did it to themselves.

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  52. i think the death penalty is a good way of punishment for harsh crimes. people need to face their consequences and its not like the death penalty is painful or the victim suffers. also the death penalty reduces the amount of prisoners, who are fed and tacken car off with tax payers money.

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  53. I believe that the death penalty is a good thing because the people that are getting it have already killed someone else. They are just getting what they deserve. It is not cruel and unusual punishment to kill the murderer if they have already have done that to someone else. If they did not want to recieve the death penalty, then maybe they should not have killed someone.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  54. I believe the death penalty is a just way of punishing these violent criminals. It is not cruel and unusual punishment because it is one of the least painful ways to go. It could be alot worse, and frankly these offenders sit on death row for countless years, many of them probably die just waiting to be executed. If we have put all of the money into these facilities we should really use them more than we do as it is because it is very expensive as it is just to house all of these criminals.

    --Kelsea Tiapon, Bauer 4th, Sloan 3rd

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  55. I believe that the death penalty is what criminals deserve if they have committed a very bad crime. I just don't agree that so much money is taken from the people to go toward prisons. Prisoners should not be given things inside prison such as TV's.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan Per. 3

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  56. I hope the death chamber is refurbished and brought back to full use. I feel the death penalty is justified and many criminals deserve it. It is cheaper to execute extreme criminals then having tax money going to housing them for the remainder of their lives.

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  58. I think that some criminals do not deserve the death chamber. I believe that extreme criminals deserve the death chamber instead of us giving them our tax just so the stay in jail when they deserve the death row

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  59. I believe that death should be deternined by the hands of fate, not human. you kill someone so we kill you, its like he stole my car so lets steal his. well maybe not the same thing, but in my opinion the death penalty falls under "crule and unusual punishment"
    iniguez, veronica SLOAN p.1

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  60. i think the death penalty should be taken away. it is taking a life away. yeah, the person must have done something really bad, but that doesnt mean you also do something bad and take their life away. i say you just keep them in jail for liffe, and if they want the death penalty instead, then thats their decision. we shouldnt make that decision for them.
    kimberlie hernandez
    mr.sloan
    period 4

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  61. EnriqueSalazar (sloan per.5)September 23, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    I believe that waisting 825k on a new chamber is a bad idea due to our economy. The money should be used for something more wiser to help our economy. On the other hand I do believe in the death penalty and that if someone takes the life of a loved one then their life should also be taken.

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  62. If someone kills another person on purpose and is caught red handed or is without a doubt guilty then they should be put down. This is because they decided to kill someone they should get what they deserve.

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  63. Janeiry Balderas, Mr. Sloan, Period 4September 23, 2010 at 8:20 PM

    When talking about the death sentence the issue of wether its a cruel punishment or not is always mentioned. But i believe that its cruel but is done for a good reason unless the accused was innocent. We must realize that if we kept every person that got the death sentence there would be high tensions and also the jails woulds be full(economy being as it is, would be even worse). Even though its wrong to take a life (only God can). If we did not have the death sentence we would have may criminals running around mostly because not all criminals are going to be little angels and stay put in jail.

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  64. Dominique Jimenez; Sloan; 5th periodSeptember 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    First off, there are pros and cons to this new Death Chamber. Cons are the fact that the money spent on this wasnt necessary, when death chambers arent even used twice a year and how much in debt we are. The Pros to this, is how the old death chamber obviously needed more space in it and new accomidations and these were met.

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  65. I have no problem with the death penalty. I think that people who are given the death sentence deserve it because they did bad things. The death penalty also saves money, because instead of having terrible people, who committed horrendous crimes, in prison for life and spending money on them every year, they can be sentenced to death and this cuts back on expenses.

    Omar Hoyos
    Bauer

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  66. I think that the death penalty is a reasonable punishment in some circumstances; however, not all. Now how much the state payed to have that new one built is not a good investment at this time. Our economy is not doing well enough to be building things like that. but since it was built then it better be used!

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  67. I think that the death penalty isn't a good thing. Yes the person may have done something bad like murder but two wrongs don't make a right. It's not like they can go back in time to change what the person done. I think they should just sit in prison because it's not much better than a death penalty anyways.
    Haran Piggee
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  68. Personally, I could go both ways with the issue. For one, I believe if the death chamber continues to be used, on average, only once a year, I do agree that this was a useless expenditure when there's many other things that would have also benefited from such money. However, if we actually start to use the death chamber more, then no, it was a quality investment. I call at an investment as, in the long run, if we give the death sentence more often, then that's less money we will have to waste feeding/taking care of prisoners for the extremely long terms they are to serve. In saying this, I do declare myself a supporter of the death sentence. I do not see it as "cruel and unusual" whatsoever as it is a painless procedure. Additionally, the state should indeed be entitled to take a life of one citizen if he/she took the life of another, but under such circumstances only, nothing less. I believe the death penalty is as effective a deterrent to violent crime as there will ever be. I mean, what more can you threaten someone with than his/her own life? Nothing.

    --Sloan
    AP Econ, Period 3

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  69. i believe that the death penalty is a good penalty to have. i think that if we executed it more, the crime rates would drop. people commit crimes and think about getting jail time, and possibly getting released early because of good behavior, which must not be that big of a punishment to them if they are committing the crime anyways. but the truth is that almost all of the poeple who have committed serious crimes, such as rape and murder, will commit those crimes again once their released. with all the statistics saying how dangerous these criminals are, why would we ever think about letting them walk free? they should be out of this world so no one will have to suffer because of them again. as for the cost, they probably could have not spent so much, i mean why do these criminals need to be comfortable before they die? but in the long run if this facility begins to function regualrly the cost will even out because we will have less criminals in the jails to pay for because they are being executed or the people are obeying the law because theyre scared of the death penalty. either way, it works out well.

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  70. I don't think spending 825,000 dollars on a new death chamber is a good idea especially in the recession we are currently in. I also don't think it is a good idea because I don't believe in the death penalty, I believe that the criminals should be locked up in in jail for the rest of their lives and that they should die naturally in there to suffer for the evil they have done.

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  71. I believe that the death chamber is a good thing, and isn't. I think it is becuase for a serious enough crime then i believe it is right, but for little crimes, definitely not a good thing.

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  72. The death sentence is the punishment for taking the life of another... do unto others as you would have done unto you.

    As far as expenses go, its all those improvements to make prisons "humane" that is costing us. Nowadays, prisoners are more privileged and taken care of than most US citizens. People who cant support themselves can simply rob a store and get sent to jail for a while. Prisons need to be miserable places for the prisoners, places that give reason not to commit crimes. Stop pampering the prisoners, and there you go, cost problem solved.

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  73. Most people that have been given the death sentance were punished this way because they have committed sever serious crimes. the ones that I'v herd of have been cerial killers. I think that this is a cruel punishment,and that it should not be done. but when someone is constently killing inocent people without a reason the they should be punished.
    monica salazar
    mr.sloan

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  74. I feel that the death penalty is wrong and that it should not be done . the reason why is in the past I have heard about how an innocent have been killed all over some thing they did not do there for I think it wrong.

    Richard Manzo
    pr.5
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  75. In my opinion, the death sentence should be enforced much more. But this punishment should only be granted to those who "deserve" it. The only people who should be considered for this punishment should only be that of the people you have truly committed a severe and evil crime. But at the cost of $825,000? California should not spend that much money on a new design. California should enforce the death penalty, and only at a reasonable cost. We are in a bad enough situation as it is, in terms of our economy.

    (I think we should bring back the Electric Chair...just saying).

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  76. i think that the they should have not spent so much money on a new death chamber because we are so limited on the money right now. i believe that the people who kill other people should spend their rest of there lives in prison.they should stay in prison and to think about the harm that they have caused others.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan
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  77. To spend that amount of money on a new death chamber, I feel is not a smart way to spend the state's money during a hard economy like today's. Death penalty is not an effective deterrent to violent crimes, because violent crimes are still occurring. Everyone knows they will have to die one day, so those criminals who still choose to do those crimes are obviously not afraid to get the death penalty. I don't have too much to say about whether it is a cruel and unusual punishment, but I feel that it is cruel. It does seem as though there is no other way to stop crimes from happening unless eliminating those who are causing the crimes, which is the death sentence. Since things are seen in this way, the state does have the right to take away a life.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
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  78. Amanda Eckroth
    per.1
    mr.sloan
    i think its dumb how they spent more money on a room to make it more comftable for the person who will be dieing.. i think they should have save the money for something more valable.. if anything they should just put the person in any type of chair and kill the person.. its the persons fault for doing the crime so its his time to die not lovely but forceful. the crimnal who killed another person i dont think the person who died had a happy death so the crimnal i think should die just like how the criminal killed the person he killed.. forget about having the person die with no pain..

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  79. State of the Art Death Chamber... $825,000
    Annual Cost of Death Row System... $1,370,000
    Annual Cost of Single Death Row Inmate... $90,000
    Average Cost Over Life Time of Single Death Row Inmate... $250,000,000
    Realizing Your State Spends 6.3 times more per Inmate than Student... PRICELESS :D

    California Price per Pupil 08-09 $7,571
    California Price per Inmate 08-09 $47,102

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  80. i believe that the death penalty is a bad penalty to have.Its cruel punishment.I think the state should have the right to take a life but if they committed a really bad crime.

    tania hinojosa
    sloan p5

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  81. Alyssa Cuevas
    period 4
    Sloan

    if you killed somebody then you deserve to be killed, it simple you kill someone you get killed,

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  82. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/Bauer p.4September 23, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    If the chamber is going to be used multiple times, then building it would be a good thing because then more space will be cleared in prisons. If it is not going to be used, then why build it when that money could be used to benefit other citizens in need. It is not cruel or unusual punishment because they try to cuase the least pain possible using chemicals. It would cause people that don't want to die to think before committing a crime.

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  83. The installment of an $835,000 death chamber is just another example of government's inability to effectively use tax payer's money. Judge Jeremy Fogel, who demanded the improvement of execution techniques, is on the side of the criminals. We don't possess the money Mr. Fogel.(Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

    This reminds me: Johnny Cash live from San Quentin.

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  84. society has been excuteing people since the beginning of time. I feel it is a necessary component of the judicial sysytem. The state of california is broke. Why should we waste money and resources on mennaces to society. The 825,00 dollars is a small amount compared to the amount of money the tax payers have already spent tying up the courts.
    jake Beilby

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  85. Samantha Barragan. Mr. Bauer. Pd. 3September 23, 2010 at 9:35 PM

    I believe that the death penalty should not be used again. I do believe that it is cruel although there are some people who have done so much murdering that there is no way to let them lose again that doesn't mean that they have to die. My only agreement with this issue is that not only does it cost a lot to hold violent people in, but they might let them out. Some people do deserve to be punished maybe, but not in such a major way. The law shouldn't have that kind of power over someone's life.

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  86. ricky villalpando pr5. sloanSeptember 23, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    i think that it was dumb to send that kind of money for that new chamber and that they should have kept it the way it was . I also think that the government should not have the right to take someone's life and instead they should just let the person who killed rot in prison.

    ricardo villalpando
    pr5. sloan

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  87. souza took the words out my mouth. plus letting the people rot in jail is alot better
    jordan elzie per 2 sloan

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  88. I don't really have a firm belief on the death penalty. I can completely understand and support arguments for both sides. Concerning the new death chamber, however, I don't think that it is necessary since California hardly uses the death penalty anyway. There are so many people sitting on death row right now that may never even reach the death chamber. I think the chamber is a waste of money that we could have used on any number of more useful things. Bauer/Sloan

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  89. I beleive the main reason the death penalty is so contraversial is due to the fact that we are tought at a young age that killing is bad. On the other hand the criminals that are tried for the death sentence have probably committed sirious crimes along the lines of murder or even worse. Murder is usually anywhere from 20-30 years or life in jail. For this reason the state has the right to eliminate individuals who have caused such harm to society, if someone is able to take the life of another individual they should recieve the same punishment. If the death penalty is their punishment and its cheaper to do it, then that is what the law should pursue. Why should we waste more tax money on criminals that have no respect for our people it is a waste to feed and clothe the criminals who deserve no rights.

    Spencer Pellandini
    Sloan
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  90. First of all, I think building a new death chamber was so unneccesary.I do believe that the state has the power to take a life if the accused has taken many lives along his life.Of course this is a cruel punishment but there are some situations where a cruel punishment is needed.
    Jose Alvarez p4 Sloan

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  91. if there was no death penalty, i would expect to see a great rise in death penalty related crime rates. people need to become afraid of the law. it's how we learn as children, it's how we train animals, it's most effective way to bring the masses to conformity. our overdrawn process is embarrassing, but it does the job most of the time. less people will die when less murders are committed. less murders are committed when people fear the death penalty. if you don't like it, then don't kill anybody.

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  92. I honestly don't know what I should believe on this topic. It's so sketchy. But I do know that California does not have the money to pay for things like that. If a person has gotten the death penalty why make the "death" area new or nice for them? I don't know, I guess if someone is going to believe in the death penalty they shouldn't worry about what the person is going to be sitting in or whatever when they die. I still don't know if I support the death penalty or not because there are many pros and cons about each side. Too many. It's one of those topics that needs more research. I don't like the idea of killing someone because of the risk of them being innocent. But the message it sends out to people isn't a moral one either. Killing someone for killing someone(or whatever else they did)? That doesn't seem right? But if they aren't killed they'll eat up all the tax payers money because we pay for them to live. So it's so sketchy! Either way it's messed up.

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  93. i can understand how this issue can be so controversial. on the one hand, the death penalty is an effective way at eliminating killers and is effective at warning others of the consequences. However, 800,000 is too much money to spend on such a facility for people whose lives are about to end. If you think someone deserves to die for their actions, then why do you think they deserve more space and comfort in their last hours? it just doesn't make sense. also, someone who is serving a life sentence with absolutely no chance of ever leaving is eating up tax payers money. its annoying knowing that criminals have food, clothing, and a roof over their head while good honest people with bad luck are bumming it on the streets trying to make ends meet. on the other hand, who are we to say who lives and dies. That is God's job alone. He is the ultimate judge and i do not think that we were ever meant to take someone elses lives into our own hands.
    kayla smith
    sloan per 2

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  94. There are cheaper ways to get the job done than building an entire facility. The money could have been used in a better way.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  95. Housing an inmate can cost up to $35,000 a year. Tax-payers are giving their money to such a useless cause. Prison health care spending soared from $153 million in 2001 to $821 in 2006, an increase of $668 million, or 437 percent. The death penalty is not morally correct. Someone who has killed multiple people is extremely dangerous. Perhaps the loss of one life will save many others. Keeping killers in prison for a lifetime is a loss of money and a risk.
    Gabby Cello
    Mr.Slaon
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  96. I hate the internet. It deleted my blog response. So I'll say it again:

    That's way too much money to be spending on something that kills atrocious criminals humanely. We could save so much if we just took the bad guys out back and hit them over the head with a shovel.

    Sloan
    p.2

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  97. Brian Magina, Sloan P.3September 23, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    Although we are suffering with economic problems at the moment, I do believe a new death chamber that costs 825,000 dollars is worth it. I believe that people who kill shall suffer by being executed because it is just a waste of time and money throwing them in prisons. The prisons then get over overflooded with useless people in there that have taken lives of up to more than one person. Yes it is expensive but it will be worth it in the long run.

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  98. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P. 1)September 23, 2010 at 10:28 PM

    I think that the death penalty is good at stating the consequences to a crime, but i dont believe any state should have the right to take a life. I also believe that it was too much money spent on building a death machine and could have used that money on something more valuable to all society.

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  99. Hannah Engebretsen/Bauer P.2September 23, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    There is not enough information known to me to say wether or not this new chamber is effective and worth the money. I think that death pentalies don't need to be viewed in bigger views and that the smaller version is more appropriate. The death pentalty is appropriate for prisioners who have killed a lot of lives and in rare cercumstances. As for building a new death chamber, there isnt enough information and facts why it was better and more productive.

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  100. Why the hell are we spending $825,000 to kill someone who committed a crime and sent to the death penalty? Come on, just load a gun and shoot the guy right in his heart or head. I know its inhumane, but its saving us money, right? No wonder why the state is broke.

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  101. Justin Tyler, Bauer, p.3September 23, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    I think the death penalty ir reasonable because of the saying an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. We are raised in schools by being taught treat others the way you would want to be treated but sadly thats not how it works out. I feel if y=someone has the power to take another persons life than they should be stripped of theirs. On the other hand, i feel the amount of money they paid for the new chamber is entirely too high.

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  102. I really don't get it. All the tax dollars spent on people who haven't truly contributed anything beneficial to society, other than grief, could be put to use for something more important like education for instance. However the death penalty is a necessary punishment for those who deserve it. For those who have committed a crime to it's most serious degree. In the end I do believe that the new chamber was higly unnecessary. Money should be spent on something more productive and resourceful for the sake of humanity.

    Sloan P/2

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  103. If murdering people is a crime, the death penalty is no better. No one has the right to take away the life of another. Spending that much money on a death chamber isn't worth it.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  104. Here's my opinion on the death penalty summed up in a easy to understand sentence. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. Cruel and barbaric? Hahahahahhahahah! Well guess what, to get the death penalty one usually has to commit a cruel and barbaric crime. We don't have the right to take a person's life? Neither did they!! If you want to be a jerk and murder,rape,abuse,etc. innocent people, goodbye. You really just don't serve any true purpose within society. Though I'll admit they shouldn't have wasted their money on refurbishments. They should just go back to the effective and cost efficient firing squad.
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 1

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  105. 825,000 is definately is definately a lot of money for this project, but if it was needed, that it is worth it. Having to pay for criminals in prison probably adds up pretty quickly, and if they could just be killed, then the death chamber would pay for itself. When it comes to the death penalty, if someone deserves to die, then they should die. It is good to have an organized method of killing those who deserve it.
    Sloan
    Period 5

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  106. I consider the death penalty an easy way out for criminals to do time. I don't think the state should be spending all that money on constructing new death chambers when it could go to something else. Why spend money on anything to do with criminals.

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  107. I think that we should enforce the death penalty more, and I don't care how we do it. if you did a crime that makes us think that you deserve to be killed then it just sucks to be you. i think the easiest way and the way we should do it is a bullet through the brain, its the most effective way, and the only pain would be done with in a twentieth of a second at most.
    Mr. Bauer
    Economics
    Period 2
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  108. PERSONALLY I THINK THAT THE DEATH PENALTY IS A CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMMENT. I DO NOT THINK THAT TAX PAYERS SHOULD PAY TO KILL A CRIMINAL AND I THINK THAT THEY SHHOULD DTAY IN JAIL AND DO THEIR TIME. IF THE PRISONS JUST START TO KILL CRIMINALS WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON?WOULD THEY KILL JUST MURDERS AND SERIAL RAPISTS OR PEOPLE THAT DID NOT PAY THEIR TICKETS? I DISAGREE WITH THE DEATH PENALTY AND IT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED.
    DIANA REYES=]

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  109. I think that remodeling a death chamber is a waste of money, If a person is sentenced to death what the room looks like really doesn't matter. I don't think the death penalty really is that effective in the first place, but sometimes people do deserve to pay for what they've done even if that is death. However, no matter how many people are sentenced to death it still doesn't stop people from killing or committing horrible crimes.

    Sloan p. 2

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  110. Ryan thinks that the death penelty is a long drawn out prosses for somone to just eventualy die in prison whithout faceing the death penalty. Ryans opion on this mater is after there convicted and sentanced and then tried 1 yr later they then get the same punishment that they comited if it wwas a man who mutelated people then he should be mutlated as well. Ryan fells that criminals who face this death penelty derve the same punishment that they commited. Ryan heard these spending were sent to draw out the verdict on weather or not to continue the penaty. Ryand opion stull stands though

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  111. I definitely don't believe in the death penalty. If this person has done a massive fault, and has taken a life... what makes us to do the same and kill him? We as people are not supposed to seek revenge. I believe that a harsh life in prison is much better for them and less violence.

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  112. I think a new death camber isn't the best way to spend the state's money right now since we are in a budget crisis. And where didn't that money come from? Did it come from all the educational funding cuts? I just don;t think this was a wise choice to spend money on right now.

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  113. I dont think we should have the death penalty because taking someones life is a harsh punishment. i think spending life in jail would be good enough and we're not always 100% sure someone is guilty so i dont think we should have it.

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  114. I think that there should be a death penalty because people deserve to pay for their crimes. It is not a cruel and unusual punishment because they kill the person in the most humane way possible. People that deserve this are a nussence to society and shouldn't be allowed to return to it. One thing that shouldn't be done though, is when someone is setenced the death penalty, it shouldn't take the prison so many years to do it. This makes them take up space that could be used for someone else.

    Zach Mietz

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  115. honestly i think it is ridiculous that they are spending that much money on a chamber. But i also think that a criminal so who has done something terrible should be punished for his/her actions.the death penalty, to me, is a good method because it makes criminals out there think twice about killing someone.

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  116. i believe the death penalty hould be allowed because certain people need to die so that way they dont get out and murder again

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  117. I believe that the death penalty should be allowed. If someone takes someone's life, then they should have their life taken as consequence. Besides, they don't go out and slaughter them in a disgusting way, they do it with shots and humane ways.

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  118. Faye Roberson, Bauer, Period 5September 24, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    this has got to be the most waistful thing that california has spent there money on. I dont believe california should have the right to tale a persons life away because this is cruel and unusual punishment. It's sad that the law wants to punish somebody for killing someone else by takeing their life, thats a little hypocritical to me.

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  119. I think the death chamber is pretty okay.
    People deserves it! For Example If they did a big CrIME and killed hekka people. Then I think they should be dead right away. The room shouldn't be all that fancy or anything. Just whatever. As long as you can just get that person kill easily.
    Sania bacha
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  120. Danielle Bulmer -- Bauer -- 4September 24, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Honestly I'm pretty split on whether having the death penality is good or not, because truthfully I believe that some criminals do deserve the penality. Like, and don't laugh, the texas chainsaw massacre or Bozo the Clown, I think they should get the penality for showing such cruelty and usually psychologically serial killers will continue to stay constant in their mind set.
    I apologize if it seems harsh but some people just need to be let go.

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  121. Emily Staab Per 2 BauerSeptember 24, 2010 at 9:43 PM

    I think that if the criminal or murderer or whatever you want to call them, committed a horrific crime, then so be it. But what I don't understand is why the are treated so well in prison. One of the earlier comments mentioned how the get a bed, TV, and recreational time. Why? It's almost like they are not in prison living a life with restrictions. I think that the threat of the death penalty was good, but I don't agree with the amount that was spent. Why spend money we don't have? That would just add to our country's debt and cause more problems.

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  122. I do not believe the death penalty is a good use of money. There are more benficial things that the money could go to.

    Kimberly Smith
    Bauer
    Period 1

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  123. If you do something bad enough to deserve the death sentence, it doesnt matter how they kill you, as long as its done.
    Forrest MacDonald
    Bauwer 3

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  124. Alexis Watson Bauer 3September 25, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    If you do something that leads to the punishment of the death penilty and you know the consequences, yet commit the crime you deserve to die. If you don't agree with extravagent amounts of money for the death penalty to be easier for the criminal I bet the guillotine is cheaper, quicker and more effective.

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  125. Cristian Garcia /Bauer period 3September 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment a life should not be put in the hands of a court room. But if the crime is a serious crime then it should be punished by life in prison so the criminal will eventually die in prison but not have his life shortened by a jury. since the death penalty is not used any more why is are state spending money on a new gas chamber.

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  126. Ashli Roberts, Bauer P.2September 25, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    I do not believe in the death penalty. We shouldn't take the lives of others even if they have killed someone. If we kill the person then that doesnt solve anything. We should have spent the $825,000 on something that really benefits us like schools, our children, and other stuff. We didnt need a new death chamber in my opinion. So this was just a waste of money to me.

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  127. Lucero Cardiel. Mr. Bauer 3rd periodSeptember 25, 2010 at 9:22 PM

    I don't believe in the death penalty. It sounds a little cruel but those who have committed a crime worthy of death, deserve to rot in a prison for the rest of their lives. I believe giving them eternal sleep is giving them the easy way out. Now to think this state is spending money on something so minor compared to our other problems is uneasy. We have so many other uses for that money. I think California needs to shape up.

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  128. I do believe that the death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment. Even though the criminals have done very bad things to most likely innocent people. I believe that they should suffer and face the consequences. And spend a long time in jail. If a person has done something really bad, i believe that for that circumstance they should be punished.
    Stephanie A
    Mr.Sloan
    Per.4

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  129. I do believe in the death penalty. In California we spend a lot of time and money taking care of inmates and prisoners. in prison criminals can do many leisurely things such as watching satelite tv, working out in the gym, free meals, all of these things that we california taxpayers are paying for. im not sure if spending 800,000 dollars was the way to go if we hardly use it, but if this means that california actually starts using it then i think it is a wise investment.
    katey santillan
    Bauer p1

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  130. From what i've heard, the biggest controversy of the death penalty is taking innocent lives, but realistically, in modern society, it is extremely rare to have an innocent convicted. But the thing people forget, is if they are innocently put to death, if we take away the death penalty, they will just innocently sit in prison the rest of their life...so taking out the death penalty isn't going to solve innocent convictions. As far as spending 825k on a new room... yea that seems a little silly, although its still cheaper than keeping them alive forever in prison...it's still a pretty big expense to make their death easier. Most death row inmates sit on death row for about 10-30 years anyway, so its not like they aren't already a big expense.

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  131. I do think the brand-new death chamber is a waste of money. If California only does about one execution every five years, why are tax payer dollars going into that and not books for schools. Executing in general is wrong. The state doesn't have the right to take a person's life. Yes, they took another life, but it's still just revenge. No one deserves to be murdered, even people who kill others. It's cruel and unusual punishment to kill someone, no matter their situation or crime.

    Emily Dirksen
    Bauer
    AP Gov

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  132. Nathalie Trevino; A. Bauer period1September 26, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    I'm very torn when it comes to the death penalty. However, was it necessary to spend allllllllll that money on a place where we're just going to kill people anyway; pretty ridiculous, right?

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  133. I think that spending almost a million dollars is way too much. I think that the prison system is too nice on the convicts. They get three meals a day, gym, and health care when needed. I think that spending all that money to kill someone is way too much. Besides who wouldn't want to die in an old funky blue room?
    Fran
    Bauer

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  134. Sarah Richter, Bauer, Period 5September 26, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    I think that spending $825,000 on a death penatly is way to much. In my opinion i believe that the only reason to kill a human is if they've killed someone themself. Other charges should just be delt with in a prison. The prison criminals are able to do many leisurely things while in prison. So i think they should be more strict on the way the prisoners are living.

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  135. I have mixed feelings on the death penalty.
    The death penalty is not cruel or unusual.
    I personally would much rather die that to live in a jail for my entire life. The criminal feels very little if any pain. It is clearly not cruel.
    Unusual? Do we know History? The death punishment is everywhere and in every time. To say its unusual is to say that its unusual water falls from the sky.

    Do they deserve it? without a doubt. Is it murder, i do not believe that is is?

    On the other hand i believe taking a life is wrong and could never bring myself to actually killing them.
    Do i believe the government has that right? yes i do.
    Caleb J. Newman

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  136. I think that the death penalty isnt the way to deal with crime. Taking some bodies life away it's not up to us, it's god's will. Staying in prison all their lifes is better than taking their life away.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr. Bauer
    Per.2

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  137. viridiana ramirez p.2 bauerSeptember 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    in my opinion i see the death chamber as a cruel and unusual punishment. i say california is not in good conditions of money to spend them on bed chambers. why waist the money on that when they could do something that wil help and benefits us and everyone. i no criminals derserve to pay for their attentions but not this way. there is many other ways we could help out. we dont have to kill the criminals.

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  138. I believe that there is nothing wrong with the death penalty. The crime should fit the punishment, and some crimes should be punishable by death, such as first degree murder. And the $800,000 used to build the death room thing, isnt much when you consider how much the government has to spend, and shouldnt be a big deal

    Anthony Garcia
    Sloan
    Period 5

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  139. The death penalty had been used but why would they make a new one and waist so much money on it? That could have gone to something else that our economy needs. My opinion on this is that it is a good idea to have the death penalty for people who have committed major crimes for instance if someone has murdered a family or is a cereal killer then they deserve to have their life taken from them because it wasn’t fair for a family to suffer just because of a certain person who is sick in the head.
    Aniscia Silva. Sloan. Per 5.

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  140. My opinion is that if everybody's concern with money, then leave it alone it's just common sense, inmates on death row don't even get executed for years on in, if they wanna save some money just back to hanging.

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  141. i think that the death penalty is perrfectly fine. i disagree with Jonathan Ramos. if you can kill somebody, you deserve it.

    Jesse Morales
    Mr. Bauer
    per 3

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  142. If the crime that was committed was bad to a certain extent, then i think that it is right for us to put them down. If they kill people, for no reason, then i think they should be pEnalized. the money spent on the new equipment i think was too much for this type of procedure only for the fact that no one has been killed in the death penalty for awhile.
    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  143. I do believe that death is a natural part of life, in some situations death presents itself in a more cruel way than others, but it happens. I am fine with the death penalty as a consequence of commiting a severe crime. If they say that this is not right for a human to take another humas life, what right do the criminals have when they commit a murder? The same right that we have to issue the death penalty.

    Stephanie Romero
    Period 3
    Mr. Bauer

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  144. I believe that the death penalty shoukd be aloud. The person on the death row must have done something horribly wrong to bne in that seat. It is said that the death penalty is a cruel and harsh punishment. In my opinion those on the death row probably committed a crime worse than the death penalty. I think that people on that death row should be punished this way to keep them from doing it again.

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  145. Ashley Parker, Bauer P2September 29, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    I think that the death penalty should be used more. If we decide to get a better update of the chair, why not send more murders and psychopaths to death? And I believe that if someone has killed or butchered people, they shouldn't be in jail chillin, while we pay taxes for these horrible people. They should be put down like helpless animals. They can have a trial, and people should vote whether they want or do not want them sent to the chair.

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  146. My opinion about death penalty,is that i don't is necessary to take someone's life for a crime,there can be different ways to punish that person.I dont belive hat the seath penalty should be the solution.
    amanda hommond
    mr.slaon
    per.1

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  147. $825,00??!! really that much was spent on a room with a table in it with straps sriously? We might as well rent a closet and stick a table in it with a life time supply of tape. Its really useless we havn't had someone in line for death penalty in years and i know for a fact it will be a while until someone will commit a crime so serious to reach that point.
    Francisco Gonzalez
    mr. Bauer p2

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  148. I feel that it is a waste of time and money that the money was spent on a new death chamber. Why does the place have to be nicer that the person was sentenced to die in? There are sooo many people on death row. We are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep these death row inmates alive. They were sentenced to death by a "jury of our peers" and then they sit on death row for most of their lives. If they were sentenced to die, because of their horrible acts, then they should be put to death. The money we are spending on keeping them alive would get the state of Ca out of debt.

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  149. I think the death penalty is the correct path to take for someone who has taken a life him/herself. An eye for an eye makes the world blind, yeah i know. But, wouldnt you learn if you learned how that person lost their eye, and avoid the path that that person took? Just my thought on that. If we were to let them just rot in jail....we would lose prison room and have to spend even more money than it costs to use lethal injection, on new prisons. Kinda foolish with this economy...
    Samatha White
    Mr. Sloan per 5

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  150. As a citizen of California, knowing that our streets are safer because we are getting rid of criminals that deserve the death penalty for a crime they committed is always nice. But the fact that the facility costed $825,000 in our California economy is not nice. If the old death penalty was just as effective, then stick with it. Now our tax dollars will go to an easy death for criminals who are sentenced to a death penalty.

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  151. I dont have a problem with death penalties, but to spend almost 100 thousand dollars to refurbish the new one is ridiculous. Like jimmy has mentioned they both do the same thing. It would be sad though if an innocent man was put on death-row. like the movie the GREEN MILE, where the man was put to death at a crime he did not commit. Just thought i shoul mention.

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  152. I dont think it is a cruel way to punish the prisoners because they were being cruel when they committed their crimes.

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  153. building that death chamber was a waste of money, they sould use it for something else like help the city in some ways or others but the death penalty is really used that much. instead of waitin 5 years to kill someone from big charges. they should just do it the old fashion way.

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  154. Vicente Chavez
    Sloan per 5th

    I think that this was just a waste of money because I dnt think that its right for the government or anybody to take another persons life because God should be the only one with that right. I think also that this is a cruel way of takin a persons life away and it would be better for the people on death row to just be kept in prision for life insted of geting thei lifes taken away.

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  155. So we definetely could've used this money for something a little more important..but I do feel the death penalty is necessary...some people call it "cruel and unusual pumishment"....you wanna know whats really cruel and unusual punishment? Some idiot person not being correctly punished for raping or killing a human being..

    Danielle Barros
    Sloan p.4

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  156. The death penalty should be banded in all states. there is no need to take someones life. If a person is in jail, they are pretty much dead. They have no life in there. They also don't know if it is cruel punishment and if injection actually hurts the person when they're dying.

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