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Affirmative Constructive Speech Resolved that the Illinois state legislature should reinstate capital punishment Right before leaving office and one day before the opening statements of the racketeering trial of his former chief of staff were to begin Governor Ryan decided to commute the sentence of all 167 condemned inmates in Illinois to life in prison It has been said by many government officials that this order was just a smoke screen to deflect attention from a political scandal that was threatening to become the governors legacy It is obvious that the reason behind the moratorium halting of all executions and the commuting of the sentences was not based on moral values or popular votes It was based on Mr Ryan wanting to build a legacy and nothing more In fact statistics will show that the majority of the population is in favor of capital punishment Most agree that the death penalty is a necessary tool that reaffirms the sanctity of human life while assuring that convicted killers will never again prey upon others Above all the Illinois state legislature should reinstate capital punishment I am sure that my worthy opponent will claim that many innocent people have been executed and he will be wrong in his claim No actual evidence exists that proves any innocent people have been executed In fact all of the studies cited by death penalty opponents who claim innocent people could have been executed rely on cases where exoneration occurred before execution took place not cases where any innocent people were actually executed or proven innocent Mr VanAllen may also say that by killing a murderer we encourage endorse or legitimize unlawful killing however imprisonment is not thought to legitimize kidnapping neither are fines thought to legitimize robbery There is a need for change because convicted criminals free on parole and probation commit an estimated 84800 violent crimes each year The only reasonable option is my plan consisting of education restriction
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