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  • Crime deterent

    if you end someone's life, if you murder someone, then you deserve to be murdered as well, its simple as that. An eye for an eye. If you murder someone in cold blood by the laws of common sense you deserve equal severity in your punishment as in the crime you committed. that is what our society should demand lest we become unjust in our judgement and let the scales of justice tip too far. Also if the immediate and only sentencing for murder was death then i would think murder rates might considerably drop.

  • Deterrence

    Deterrence means that when people are punished, they are likely to still re-commit the crime. Therefore, imprisonment does nothing and further steps must be taken. Another reason why the death penalty is OK is because it saves money, because the gov. does not need to spend on food, water, facilities, etc. for the person at jail.

  • For someone to get the death penalty, there must be overwhelming evidence showing that the person did the crime.

    The death penalty is justified because some crimes are only punished by inflicting the same type of pain and suffering on the criminal as the criminal inflicted on the victim. This must only occur when without a shadow of a doubt that crime was committed by the criminal on death row. If there is a shadow of a doubt, life in prison is sufficient.

    Posted by: R3ubHockey
  • Social Contract!

    A sever violation of the social contract can only equate to a severe punishment in return. Not one of suffering and cruelty, yet simply the sanction of one's life due to the lack of deservingness. You can't stand here and look me in the eye and tell me that a man who would brutally murdered his wife and kids deserves the privaledge of living in this world. One who shot down an innocent man in cold blood. You can not tell me that the woman who shot down the life of an innocent 14 year old kid in my neighborhood deserves the privaledge to flourish in the beautiful planet. Capital Punishment in justified only in the case of a fair retribution for a ravage crime comitted.

  • Justice

    The death penalty, in some cases, must be done. It is very hard for a rational person to argue against this. There are surely some cases in which the death penalty should be used. For example, let us think about Hitler. This man and his perverted beliefs was responsible for the killings of millions of innocent human beings. Everyone from men, women, children, and even babies. He was also responsible for one of the worst atrocities ever made in the history of mankind. Namely, the holocaust.

    The death penalty is the only appropriate punishment for this monster and his heinous crimes. I believe that we are completely justified in punishing people like Hitler with the death penalty because they really deserve it. Indeed, if the punishment should fit the crime, then the death penalty is what fits these heinous crimes made by Hitler. Anything less would be a failure to approximate justice and to carry out minimally deterrence..

  • It won't stop everyone but it will stop some.

    Some is better than none. Although the death penalty should be altered, it should be more public and cheaper. Bring back the cost effective hanging. It will save the taxpayers money and by making it public it will remind people how serious the community is about it. This would not necessarily be pretty but not all pretty things are effective.

  • The world would be a better place

    If the people that commit severe crimes are penalized for their actions. The other people that are thinking of committing similar crimes with think twice on the consequences they might suffer if they decide to commit the crime even though they know they are wrong. If they can, for example, kill someone from no reason what so ever, then the government should have the power to decide what to do with this person, and the best way would be to kill them.

  • The Death Penalty has a place in American justice.

    The Death penalty is needed in America. I believe that it is a strong deterrent for criminals. Texas has the death penalty, and it works great for us. The only problem is that they stay on death row too long. Why keep a person in prison for life when you can save the state money and just execute them. It is not like they have not been convicted by a jury of an act of murder. I really don't by the whole pain and suffering argument. Who cares if they are in pain? They are being put to death for a reason.

    Posted by: BriaBlacken
  • I completely support the death penalty because the principle of just retribution is fundamental to the civility of our society.

    The ideas that the death penalty is inhumane or ineffective as a deterrent to crime are both incorrect. Proverbs 19 says that a hot tempered man must pay the penalty, if you rescue a hot tempered man you will have to do it again. If there is no penalty there is no order. As for the question of the death penalty being inhumane, the death penalty is a just penalty for a person who has maliciously taken human life.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • Yes, i think the death penalty is justified.

    I feel that the death penalty is definitely justified. Only the worst criminals receive the death penalty, those who have murdered. I feel that criminals that murder innocent people deserve the death penalty because they are receiving the same punishment they unjustly thrust onto someone else. The punishment fits the crime. If you kill, you will be killed.

    Posted by: esmond10
  • Criminals should all be set free

    How can a side that argues that criminals don't deserve to die because they would suffer, not recognize that imprisonment, and rehabilitation are just as cruel?

    When you send criminal to prison or put him on probation as a society, temporary or not, you deprive him of freedom of association, limit his access to the world, and cause him suffering by forcing our revenge upon the criminal. Did Jesus not say turn the other cheek?

    The only moral way to deal with criminals is to appeal to there better side, run, defend our selves (only as needed to stop the crime.)

    How does being secure by incarcerating and causing suffering to others, not make us any worse? It's not that they are innocent, it is just that we have no right to harm them in return, its the same reason we don't cheer any more for the kid who strikes back at the bully who assaults him, he is just as evil as his oppressor when he lowers himself, and so are we. The death penalty is only this tenfold.

  • Legalised murder -taking of another life in this way is inhumane

    No-one is entirely good or bad-saintly or evil we are a mixture of both. So when a person commits horrendous and unthinkable crimes against another or others then I believe there is hope of redemption. There are times that we must forgive a person or people their wrong doings to bring peace to ourselves. It is not acceptable also when a person has been executed for this to be seen as a celebration- what does this say about them -are they rejoicing that justice has been served or that a person has had their life ended prematurely because they made a mistake or wrong choice which being a human being we are all inclined to do- no-one is immune from this. It gives me no comfort when I witness this as they are condoning ending a life with such ease and that in itself shows moral corruption and it is exactly this as to why capital punishment should not be carried out- it festers away at our ability to forgive and move on and replaces it with bitterness, hatred and contempt for our less fortunate members of society who are the most in need of our support and understanding.

  • It's Too Late?

    Killing someone for killing other people is both hypocritical and unjust. Maybe seeing the person who killed someone you know and love would give you peace, but it won't bring them back. Not to mention, maybe the prosecuted has a family as well. Does anyone think about them? Offer comfort and condolences? No. They throw them from society, saying they were close to a murderer and are just as bad. Plus, crimes are acts of revenge. Revenge isn't without reason. And no one ever asks what that reason is before it's too late.

  • It can't satisfy anybody's conscience.

    It is quite simple to say that a person(perpetrator) who is supposed to be hang is justified but will it satisfy anybody's conscience? Will it put an end to that type of crime? The answer to that is a big NO. Take, for example, a terrorist being hanged for killing people. He might be deserving that simply considering the severity of the crime, but it will not bring the crime to an end, which should be our main agenda.

  • It undermines principles of criminal rehabilitation.

    One of the primary aims of the criminal justice system is to attempt to rehabilitate the criminal in order to both prevent the repetition of the crime by that individual, and to improve the life of that criminal. It is unjustified to take a life for a mistake they made.

  • Not a right thing to do

    The cost to pay for executions is too high, for example from the Report of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice (2008):

    “The additional cost of confining an inmate to death row, as compared to the maximum security prisons where those sentenced to life without possibility of parole ordinarily serve their sentences, is $90,000 per year per inmate. With California’s current death row population of 670, that accounts for $63.3 million annually.” That is too high of an amount of money. Not to mention that this goes against almost every religion. However, there are some cases where life in prison is not acceptable for the crime the inmate has committed. In those few cases the death penitently should be allowed, but not as much as it has been going on.

  • Nevertheless...

    In the case of Korea, there are about 60 death-row criminals waiting to die. But there has been no capital punishment that has been enforced in past 14 years. Nevertheless, being sentenced death and yet still living can actually be more painful than a death. Everyday, death-row criminals wake up in fear if the day has came. Every time they are called out of their cells for whatever reason, they suffer fear of death since it can be their call for the injection. Maybe making their life so miserable this way is in fact a better "eye for an eye".

  • Punishment

    Since the government has decided that the person being sentenced to death cannot experience cruel or unusual punishment, there is no punishment to dieing instantly with no pain. Rotting in prison for the rest of their life is much more punishment than being taken out of this world in an instant.

  • not justified

    Killing a person to show that killing another person is wrong does not even make sense?? It is really hypocritical. The death penalty financial cost is also very high we pay more to kill a person than to keep them in jail. Who knew death was more expensive than life?

  • circle

    If some one kills some one they die what about the person that killed them they would died too and then it would never stop until everyone is dead. So I oppose this. It should not be justified.If a person is on trial for murder, then they are on trial for taking a life that is not theirs to take. Sending a person to death row is the same thing. A persons life does not belong to the government, therefore it should not be the courts decision whether a person lives or not. Also, taking a murderer's life does not bring back the death of the victim, nor does it justify it. Instead of the death penalty (for any crime committed), the criminal should be given the appropriate number of years sentence, which would depend on the intensity of the crime, along with the appropriate amount of counseling throughout the sentence.


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