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Argument: Executions have a brutalizing social effect that can increase crime

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Hugo Adam Bedau. "The Case Against The Death Penalty". American Civil Liberties Union. 1992 - "Executions give society the unmistakable message that human life no longer deserves respect when it is useful to take it and that homicide is legitimate when deemed justified by pragmatic concerns."


Merida Blanco, whose brother was murdered. - My brother was mugged for the cash in his pocket. Killing those we condemn does not make a safer world. By cranking the wheel of the cycle of violence we amplify it; we infect us all.[1]


Martin Luther King Jr. - Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.[2]

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