The U.S. government spends millions of taxpayers dollars to keep these lowlife convicts in prison! Any suspect found of murder/rape should ultimately be put down! It's not the taxpayers fault that they messed up and they should be put to rest and be treated like all of the other scum in the world that was killed for wrong doings.
The death penalty should be banned because sometimes the innocent person is killed. The death penalty shouldn't be allowed because in the 8th amendment it says "No Cruel and Unusual Punishments". In 2011 Troy Davis was killed for a crime that he committed 22 years ago and they killed him with the Death Penalty. What if it were you that committed a crime? What if they put you up for death penalty? Would you like it? It's time for a change in our government
Put it this way, if you were a child and you were raped by an older person, how would feel towards the person who took your human rights and physically took advantage of you. You would obviously want them dead because they ruined your life and now you are morally ruined. So if you are on the 'no' side, put yourselves in the shoes of victims who have went through what I have just explained.
What about those serial killers. What about the serial rapist? Do you really want those people on this earth. If they cant control themselves during the time they were free, they should not be allowed to remain part of society and get what they deserve for all the pain they have caused other.
Criminals would think twice before committing their crimes if death penalty exists. If they know they may face death for what they do, they may change their minds and give up on committing any crime.
The Bible says that the government doesn't bear the sword in vain and it is its right and duty to punish felons.
I think the U.S. government today is not feared enough by criminals because the penalty for certain serious crimes is not severe enough.
With 7 billion people on the earth and the earth only being able to support between 2-3 billion long term, it is our responsibility to find the most sensible and humane ways to reduce the population before the issue becomes drastically worse in the future. The death penalty eliminates people who have proven to be a burden on society. Time and space is precious to waste of the individuals that have completely proven to make the world a worse place. Also, the cost of incarceration is growing out of hand, about $200 BILLION a year for the USA alone. Cutting out the expense of a few of the worst life-time prisoners could help with that ridiculous expense.
The death penalty should be allowed as an acceptable punishment for those who kill innocent people. Taxpayers should not have to pay for a killer to spend the rest of their lives not working, watching cable tv, and working out. The killer took an innocent life and should not be given any of the privileges and luxuries that they took away from the victim.
The Christian Bible has the solution, "an eye for an eye". Let the punishment fit the crime. If you take a life, you forfeit your life. Some criminals are so far beyond any hope of redemption that the only way to control them is to terminate their life. If a terrorist is sentenced to life in prison, he will only recruit more terrorists from the prison population. Executing the terrorist would be a nice way of saying, "mass murder is not acceptable in our society".
The death penalty is necessary, because some people are so vile they can never be in contact with society without harming it in some way. Truly evil people do exist and they harm others - sometimes killing or ruining lives through their actions. This is not something that should be acceptable or allowed to continue without punishment to deter others with a like mentality.
Criminals that have been proven guilty without a doubt and that have committed an uncalled for and irreversible crime deserve to be executed, especially if these people are not able to be rehabilitated. If they were to get out, although it's not likely, they would probably get out and do it again, costing another innocent life.
It may sound harsh, but if a person shows no remorse and is unlikely to ever be a functioning citizen, they should be put under the death penalty; and anybody who has been convicted of planning a murder, committing a mass murder or is a serial killer and has not been killed in the process shouldn't be spending years in a cell where all they are doing is wasting tax payer's dollars on a hopeless cause.
Some people say that the death penalty is too rough because killing is wrong. Well, when they rape, kill, pillage, and burn, wouldn't you want them to suffer the same fate as your loved ones? I think that if the family of the victim or the victim themselves( if they are old enough to understand the impact of their decisions) should determine if they want them killed. True while some see it unjust, many would fight for their death if it meant less of their suffering.
First of all, if somebody kills somebody, they should get the same treatment in return. Also, it may help stop crime because people who have the conscience to kill someone actually seeing other people die because they killed somebody may cause them to change their minds about what they were about to do.
If someone committed a crime, murder to be specific, one must also be punished by death. Because he should pay for what he had been taken, the innocent life. Life that had been taken should be paid with another life not with money for compensation. Fair justice should be given for all!
If all we have for hard-core criminals is life in jail, then what's stopping them? They would be getting three square meals, medical attention, a library, and etc. Do we really want a murderer obtaining these things? Of course not! They deserve to rot in the most utterly hot place on earth; the core. The way they get there? The death penalty.
Why spend all your taxes on someone who has raped and killed innocent people? Why waste breathing air for those who took that away from other people? Would you want that person to ever have the chance of getting out of those bars? To hurt more innocents? Although it may occur due to racial bias or discrimination, it's scares off other sickos and the risk is worth it. Death penalty should definitely be allowed despite its cons.
The death penalty should be allowed because it could stop a crime. The death penalty is necessary because some people are so vile they can never be in contact with society without harming it in some way. Some people just deserve to be put down, they are downright evil and deserve to die.
death penalty should be allowed to be a stop a crime .the death penalty is necessary because some people are so vile the can never be in contact with society without harming it in someway .some people just deserve to be put down .they are down right evil and deserve to die
There are many cases, such as in America with massacres, where the people who have caused them are known fully. There is no doubt that they have committed a crime of such magnitude, and so the argument of "You can't be sure" goes out the window. Why should these people be kept in a high security prison, where they are protected from the families they have angered? Why should our taxes go into looking after and feeding these people? They deserve to die.
There was once killer and he, along with his wife, raped and murdered just over a hundred girls. We pay hundreds of dollars in taxes to keep him and his wife alive. Why? There are thousands of girls just like the ones he killed living in poverty. Why not give taxes to them; Because we have to worry about the criminals, because they're "human" too. And apparently more human than those girls, more deserving of life than those girls.
Of course it should, its not revenge. Its payment for their crimes. When you throw somebody in prison doesnt that effectivly end thier lives anyway. They arent treated well often beat into submission. Isnt death better the life a caged rat. Another point, When you take a life for example or rape a person/child. That is the very deffinitoin of evil. I believe that the aggressor should have his life taken away, just as he did the the person he killed/raped. On a side note, I have grown up in a very demecratic house, I myself lean towards the demecratic party.
Some people just deserve to be put down. They are downright evil and deserve to die. Murderers, molesters, etc... They should not be allowed to live where there is a possibility that they may escape or be released and harm more people. Prison is also expensive and we should not be spending our money to hold these types of people.
All those terrorists that helped plan disgusting attacks on the world for example 9/11 7/7. If they take the lives of so many people their own life should be taken as well. If they took somebody else's chance to live their own chance for life should be taken away. It will be taken away in jail anyway
Should be allowed when it comes down to the most heinous crimes, and only certain methods of the death penalty should be utilized, but it should definitely be an option
Rebuttal: killing =\= killing. Go here, phone writing is annoying: http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/02/01/murder-and-execution--very-distinct-moral-differences--new-mexico.aspx
Yes death penalty should be allowed.I feel that if someone is brave and cold-hearted to take someone else life then the state should be able to take their lives. I know that it is wrong to kill but why should someone that went out and kill someone else be able to enjoy another day behind bars when you got family members out there suffer and hurting. I feel that if allowing the death penalty it would stop a lot of these senseless crime as far as taking someone life.
There are several arguments that could be made in favor of the death penalty, depending upon what philosophical school of thought is involved. From the viewpoint of utilitarianism, we should do what results in the most good for the highest number. the amount of resources that would be required to maintain the criminal in question is higher than the gain of continuing to have that particular individual alive. There are other reasons and arguments that could be made, but it simply would take too long to right down all of the reasons to maintain the Death Penalty (or increase its usage).
The death penalty is the only just means of punishing a murderer. Today, we pay for murderers to live their life away in jail. Murderers should have swift, just trials and if they are found guilty, they should be executed as soon as possible.
If it was me that had something happen, for instance, to my child, like someone rape her or abuse her in any way, I would want to kill them myself so the fact there is a legal way of them being killed is in my opinion a very good thing.
How do people in their right mind just go and take someone's life intentionally? If you kill someone, you don't deserve to live. There are people out there who wouldn't care if they went to jail but would care if they were to die. The death penalty would decrease crime.
The U.S. Should enforce the death penalty because murders and rapist have took peoples lifeso now its there turn to get there life taken. They have ruined victims lifes and took familys lives for taking there mother or father etc. Plus it should always stay on the very serious cases nothing minor.
Yes because evil people who kill many people should not be put in jail, or be tortured, they should just be put down and the best way to do that, is definitely by using the death penalty. It should not only be allowed, it should also be allowed in any country, maybe except the countries with the bottom 10% in the world
This should be legalised because the criminals are living off of our money. They have taken a life which can not be brought back to life. This man needs to pay with his own life. Also, they will do this again when they get out of the jail so yeah.
We should respect life, but some mistakes cannot be forgiven. It's like someone killed a person, maybe he is not in purpose, but the families of dead already be hurt. They lost their family member forever. The person is a criminal anyway. Yes, we should respect the lives of criminals. But what about the live of dead? How about the families which lost their lovely family member? The criminals should use their lives to countervail their mistakes.
With death penalty, there would be a much smaller amount of people out there doing crimes and definitely be scared out of doing so. Right now, the punishments aren't that bad. Solitary confinement isn't so scary, especially with libraries and other criminals to "buddy up" with. If someone murdered an innocent citizen, they would go to jail for "life". They would still come back out after a couple of years. The death penalty would make criminals less enticed to participate in crime.
If your son was killed by a mass murderer you will be sad and mad. You wouldnt want the killer to be put in jail and have them out in "acouple" years. You would want them to be punished for what they did. I love my children in all of the world and i would hate for somthing to happen to them.
There are very very very bad people out there and they deserve to die because they are mean and they kill people a lot. It would also save prisons money which means less taxes and everyone hates taxes very very much for good reason. So this is why people who are very mean and kill others should deserve to die! Now
The death penalty makes people fear commiting dangerous crimes. If people make death penalty an option, then prisons wouldnt be over crowded and there would obviosly be less fighting in the prisons. Eole are too soft when they say death penalty is an atrocious thing to do because the person commiting the crime has most likely murdured more than 1 person.
It would reduce so much serious crime. Obviously if it did come back then it should only be used for people who commit very serious crime and people to re-offended serious crimes. For the people who disagree, if the death penalty as reintroduced and criminals knew about it then they wouldn't commit crime and if they did they deserve whats coming to them!
Some feel that cost wise it cost more to end ones life then it does it care for them. This is false yes right up front it may be more but in the long run you are paying for a prisoners food shelter clothing and for the guards who watch after them. It is insufficient to keep them in prisoner. I also have the strong belief of an eye for an eye
Utilitariansim is based around the idea of "The greatest good for the greatest number of people" Invoking the death penalty saves money from keeping someone in jail, and protects the society, as many prisoners are eventually released back into the community, where many are then reincarcerated. Mill's rule utilitariansim states that the action that causes the most good should be adopted as a moral law. In places in the USA at least, the Death Penalty causes more pleasure than not, so should be adopted as a moral law.
The death penalty helps solve jail overpopulation, and let the punishment fit the crime! If someone you knew got murdered, how would you feel knowing that the person who did that was living in a small room with a bed, toilet, and given three meals a day as well as a gym? Death penalty is not cruel as the lethal injection given first gives anesthesia, then paralysis, and finally cardiac arrest. It is not inhumane, and the murder of victims is more inhumane and cruel than the murder of the criminal. The crimes that deserve death penalty are very cruel, such as rape and murder. The people who can stoop to that level do not deserve living with food, water, shelter, and a gym. It acts as a warning for potential criminals.
The death penalty gets rid of super crazy people. Without it, we would have people just locked up for the rest of there lives wasting tax dollar money and sitting there twiddling their thumbs. Not only that but every now and them one of them gets parol and is aloud to leave the prison! It isn't right. The death penalty gets rid of really bad people who do terrible things. It should be allowed, end of discussion
You have to put yourself in the shoes of the victim, say someone ruthlessly killed your 10 year old son. They get to live the rest of their life out in prison, your son however didn't get to experience hardly anything, love, marriage, high school, college. The death penalty is a sort of closure to the family of the victim. You wouldn't want to know the killer of your son is still out there in prison or not.
The death penalty needs to be allowed because I believe we need something in place to deter criminals. We need to stop thinking about the criminal and give thought to the victim. The victim is the one that suffered and those close to the loss of a loved one has to live a life of emotional hell due to someone else's senseless crime. My four year old son was a victim of crime and I fully support that the person responsible for my son's death should have everything I can think of stripped away from them as everything in life was stripped away from my son. I will never get to see my son learn and grow and enjoy what life has to offer because someone ended his life. That person should not have to enjoy any form of what life has to offer, not even in prison.
In Genesis 9:6, it says: “Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his image.” Another verse is Leviticus 24:17: “Whoever takes a human life, shall surely be put to death.” I agree with both verses because God uses human agents to punish evildoers, the beginning of court justice and capital punishment.
Think about the families who've lost their child what would they feel. The most u can get in Canada is 25 yrs. But 25 years of what sitting on a bed with no worries or pain and 3 meals a day for free? Is that what they get for taking someone's life?
A life for a life. If someone took away someone else's freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then theirs should be taken away as well. Then America doesn't have to worry about that murderer, rapist, or terrorist escaping because they are dead. If you were killed, wouldn't you want to be avenged?
If the death penalty is allowed, this will be mean that other murderers, rapists etc will think twice before they do a crime. Also, if a person gets out of prison, they will most likely commit the same crime again and again. For example there was this one man who killed someone, and after he got out of prison, he killed three other times. If the death penalty was initiated, then the three other people who died at his hands would not have had to die.
I believe that it should be allowed, but only for EXTREMLY severe cases. Killing 1 person is evil, but with 30 or 40 years in prison they may be able to better themselves. However, the mass shooting where that man shot 15 schoolchildren, denying them their entire future, should be sent to the death row, because to do something like that you'd have to be totally inhumane and not fit for society.
All of you religious people who continue to say that "No it shouldn't be legal, its inhumane! Only god has the right to kill". Do you even realize what your saying?! If that person has the right to take the life of an innocent person then please explain to me why we shouldn't be able to take theirs. Plus it's not like the old days when we used to execute people with the electric chair where they would feel excruciating pain for minutes, we give them lethal injections that put them to sleep harmlessly.
Look, people against this might think this way because they think it is wrong. But, if your child, loved one etc was killed, and the punishment was life in prison, it is like a easy way out, it is like they do not get punished, they are still in good condition, and with the death penalty, justice will be served.
Death penalty will avoid future murders. Serial murders, child molesters, and rapist should be executed as soon as possible. Murders are everywhere in society. Once the death penalty is brought to Canada the death rates will decrease because murders will think twice before they kill innocent people who have done no harm to society. The main purpose of death penalty isn't for justice or punishment its to protect society!
When I come to power there will be a death penalty initiated to any felon after one or two offences, depending on the severity of the offence. Rape? Castration. Murder? Decapitation. Theft? Decapitation. Tax Evasion? Electric Chair. If sentenced with death by decapitation, I would fittingly swing the sword, as great leaders should. There is my view, for a brighter future for our world.
The courts are constantly handing out minimal sentences for people who have committed heinous crimes, which does not give justice or restitution for families of victims. Capital Punishment is exactly what we need. People are not immediately executed, they are psychologically tortured for years before they are actually put to death, this in itself is, I believe, the main purpose of capital punishment.
The death penalty gets rid of criminals, who harm the lives of many innocent people. Leaving a guilty one alive is the same as harming many innocent people. Some people say it is wrong to take away people's lives by executing them, but what about all the innocent victims? Is it right for them to die?
I think death row should be allowed. I'm young so I can't fully understand the situation, but why should the tax payer pay to keep a awful criminal in a nice jail? I think it should be used in extreme situations, like when the jury's lost count of how many times a person has been in and out of jail for awful crimes. Also, if it was allowed, maybe people would stop doing crime in fear they will die. It should be more humane, however and I think the sentence time should be shorter because it must be agonizing waiting 10 years for your death.
Why would we let some ruthless murderer just sit on death row and not feel the same pain he or she caused to others. They created a feeling of helplessness in their victim in knowing that the outcome was inevitable so I feel that they should be put to the same feeling.
The death penalty should only be given to slightly rare cases of inhuman crime, murdering of innocent people, people who are pure evil. They deserve to be treated just as they treated the people they murdered or tortured. Obviously a fair trail has to be given though. The death penalty should only be reserved for these evil people if it does come back and should not be given out spontaneously.
An example of this is: a 30 year old man goes in to a primary school with a gun and shoots 23 children. 15 of the children die. What do you think should happen? I believe it would be unacceptable for the man to have to stay in prison. He should be put to death.
It is justifiable to condemn them to death, some may argue that sending to their death after they have committed a murder is hypocritical, but it isn’t. We condemn them to death for their wrong doing to others, shouldn’t they get the same treatment that they treat others “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” well if they think that killing them is what the other would do unto them then their view of justice is deluded already. You could argue that this quote could go both ways. That you should treat them with the respect that they deserve, but with the acts that they have committed they don’t deserve that justice, through their eyes you deserve to die as well. They wouldn’t give you the second thought of sparing you for sending them to jail, they would want revenges for what you put them through, so what difference is there in sending them to their death.
I used to think we shouldn't have, that its wrong, we all thought this. But if you see what some of these creatures that dare even call themselves humans have done, then it make complete sense that we do all we can to rid them of this earth. Burn them, poison them, hang them, behead them or electrocute them, it doesn't matter, just end there filthy lives before they ruin someone elses.
Most crimes that result in the death penalty have no doubt in the perpetrator whatsoever. It would be just short of a miracle if someone were wrongly accused. Also, they offer no gain to be left alive. They don't deserve the treatment they would receive in jail, and those affected by the crime have the right to be avenged. Revenge isn't wrong, its a human function.
For many people, capital punishment is a means for revenge. “Someone who has killed, they say, has lost the right to live” (Day) The famous saying “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” supports this train of thought. Imagine getting a call from someone telling you that a loved one was recently murdered. This victim had done nothing but was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Because of this, his or her life was taken away. This is not fair to the family of the victim and because of that, some families deal with the pain through revenge. In a way, this provides closure for the victim’s family.
The death penalty is a justifiable punishment. I believe it gives many family members comfort. And supports retribution. I mean how would you feel if a family member you deeply loved was killed by some monster and even after your loved one dies the monster is still eating, sleeping, and breathing the same air as you are. No monster deserves to live after committing something so atrocious.
It is obvious, if a criminal kills other people shouldn't he deserve to die? It will remove many killers that if not removed will continue to terrorize the community. Although sometimes innocent people are sometimes put to death, it is extremely rare. More people will live than die if the death penalty gets enforced. Maybe if someone has a mental problem, they wont kill him, but put him in a mental hospital instead. It will make the world a safer place as criminals will think twice before murdering others. All in all the death penalty will make the world a better place, i hope you agree with me when I say the death penalty should be banned.
Let me ask you a question.
You are a parent. You have a child, a girl. Six years old.
She is raped. Or murdered.
And the criminal is going to receive free meals, health care, and housing for a few decades.
Do you accept this? IS THIS OK? NO. Serial murderers, child molesters, and rapists should not be rewarded for crimes. And we should not need to pay for them.
The death penalty should not be allowed because God created this world for us to live and he will pick when we die. I do believe that if you do a really bad sin then you should go to jail but not die. Even if you go to jail you get fed and you have a bathroom. Yes, I know that there are people that disagree with me, but this is what I believe. What about you?
Death is too good for them. They should be tortured for the rest of their lives. Death is way too quick and simple. Innocent people unfortunately always get the punishment for some reason while the criminals just get away with it. It's not fair. Torture is the best and most suitable punishment. Also it is not worth taking the risk of accidentally executing the wrong person.
We as humans need to protect and help one another, however with everything in our society, I understand that to some people the death penalty should be legalized. But who are we to play God, to kill those we deem deserve death? We are hypocrites if we kill a murder, what would be next? Raping a rapist? It must be taken in perspective, yes, it's only used in extreme cases, but even in Sweden there is a prison where the maximum sentence is 12 years, they use their resources to educate and help the prisoners. The prisoners come out of there well educated and do not go back to hurting others. This should be considered, after all, we are humans, and it is not morally correct to kill other humans.
During the summer of 2011, large riots kicked off in the UK. These riots were caused by policemen shooting a man who was loose with a gun. With the death penalty, not only can you wrongly convict a criminal, but a wrong conviction of a gang member has the potential to spark off huge riots, only increasing crime rate.
First and foremost, THOU SHALL NOT KILL. I am not minimizing the reality of crime that occurs within our society, but when someone commits such a grievous crime such as murder, I do not believe that they should have their own life taken from them. I agree with life in prison without Parole is reasonable, but lethal injection is not right. The only one who has the right to take life is God himself.
It is terrible, murder and it is not good. It is revenge. Revenge is terrible, Romans 12:17 in the bible, says: "Never pay bach evil for evil, if someone is truly evil, they will feel the Wrath Of God!" Thank You, Johnny A. Rosso this is my argument thank you lots
Here are the facts. Killing someone is more expensive than keeping them in jail. The (legal) form of execution is lethal injection. This process is not especially painful to the "killer," therefore, there is little retribution in that. To feel truly sorry is a far more painful thing, the killers should spend the rest of their droll, mentally burdensome lives thinking about what they did, they still have a chance to save their soles and die with a clear conscience. If nothing else, a good number of years in one place without the chance to get out is good enough punishment.
In response to the bible "quote," no human has the right to decide who lives and who dies. Period.
Considering with the fact that it has been mentioned in God's ten commandments that we should not kill, this kind of inhumane penalty should never be ratified. might it be that all who may undergo this process of receiving their punishments are not worthy to have it as their fate. Our country has no reliable system on assuring the people that one is really guilty of a particular charges. Thus, this push me to disagree with this kind of punishment.
It's a very controversial topic, and in a way, it will make people think twice before committing a crime. But everyone has the right to life and no one should ever be subjected to this kind of extreme punishment, no matter how guilty they are, they still have the right to life just like everyone else. Also, the death penalty is basically like getting revenge, rather than making someone feel guilty of their mistake...it's just morally wrong. Besides, who is the government to decide whether or not someone to die? They're not God.
The death penalty is not wrong, it is very right in the sense of an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth. But we as a species are more emotionally complex than something so simple. When your son or your daughter, mother, father, brother, or whomever has been killed, it is a traumatic experience from which you need to gain closure from. One cannot however gain closure of the loss off a loved one when the killer's fate still awaits him. The victims family becomes the victim through the process of execution. The victims feel as if they cannot gain any sort of closure until the person on death row has been executed. In the mean time the victims have spent 5, 10, or even 20 years grieving their loss without closure. The biggest means of closure however, is forgiveness and understanding. I am in no way shape or form saying one should forgive a murderer, that would be absurd. But to accept the fact that it happened and their is no going back, that is true closure.
It shocked me when I discovered the other day that over half of my class in England would bring back the death penalty. They claimed that prison was too nice, that we as taxpayers shouldn't have to provide a comfortable life for them. It is true that they do not deserve to live a nice, comfortable lifestyle, but what do they think prison is, some kind of holiday camp? The truth is, that living in solitary confinement, with little allowed time outside and a whole lifetime to think on your sins is no enjoyable lifestyle. Think about how you would feel if you could never see your family again. I understand how people can believe that if they committed a serious crime then they should pay, but isn't killing a man just as bad as what they have done? Taking a persons life is not acceptable, even if you feel they deserve it. To take their life would be using the law for revenge, and inhumane method of never targeting and attempting to discover what may have been the cause of a persons need to commit such a crime, and prevent them from ever doing it again. Waiting on death row is the same as torturing a man. They are forced to live with their potential fate for an average time of 13 years, and ask yourself is this fair? Imagine that your whole life you had been abused, living homeless, addicted to drugs with no self respect or respect for others. Your whole family is dead, and every night you fall asleep cold and alone. Would you have any hope left? Would you stop yourself from committing a crime if it came to it? By killing them, you are taking away the chance they have to make what they did wrong right. If you accidentally knock over a jar of sauce in a shop, the shop assistant will ask you to pay for it. He is giving you the chance to make up for what you have done, by making it right. If you kill them, they will never have the chance to make it right, because they will have no life left. How can you expect society to progress if you kill those who will teach the others the importance of the hope of change, and the hope of a better future. Life is not yours to take away.
Should the death penalty be banned?
Yes, I believe it should. I understand that what they have done is wrong (murder presumably) but killing the criminal is not the answer- it won’t bring the deceased back.
In life, bad things happen, innocent people die and I am not saying this is acceptable but why do people think that more people dying is a solution. It isn’t.
In addition, I believe a life sentence in prison without any privilege’s is a lot worse than death because it is quick and after that you feel nothing; no guilt or pain.
Have you ever heard the phrase an eye for eye, a tooth for a tooth? It means that if somebody does something bad, we should do the same back to him. If someone takes an eye from you, you take an eye from him.
But if we do that and all start taking each other’s eyes as retaliation, by the end of it none of us will have eyes, and we'll be blind and what does that really achieve?
As Gandhi said ‘an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’
So overall, yes, I do believe the death penalty should be banned. Turn the other cheek as Jesus once said. By killing them you are sinking down to their level and becoming as bad as them.
The death penalty is expensive, does not deter crimes, and morally wrong. Many people say that an execution is simply a rope or a bullet; $5 is all it takes. However, in reality it costs millions upon millions of dollars due to court hearings and whatnot. Life imprisonment costs considerably less. It has been proven that the death penalty does not deter crimes. Go compare the murder rates of the US to Canada and Europe. Lastly, everyone should be entitled a right to life. Just because one person violated someone else's right doesn't mean it's correct for the nation to sink down to the murderer's level.
No, it is not an appropriate form of punishment because states conclude that they waste hundreds of millions of dollars on the death penalty, draining state budgets during the economic crisis and diverting funds from more effective anti-violence programs. The Number of U.S states with death penalty:35 $1,471,200,000 wasted on executions since 1976. In 1999, 98.
The death penalty should not be allowed because God created this world for us to live and he will pick when we die. I do believe that if you do a really bad sin then you should go to jail but not die. Even if you go to jail you get fed and you have a bathroom. Yes, I know that there are people that disagree with me, but this is what I believe. What about you?
They torture the victim when they give them death penalty, like the lethal injection its not given to the victim by a doctor, it's given by someone who doesn't know how to do it. And they can do it wrong and the victim can still be conscious for the whole time of it and will make them not be able to move and they will be tortured for at least 25 mins or more.
The death penalty has not been proven to be effective tool as deterrent and that already qualifies it as failure of punishment. In fact, states with the death penalty in effect have by far more homicide rates than states that do not. Texas is especially notorious for being the crown state of executions, yet it has one of the highest murder rates. Same goes for Louisiana.
People do not realize that for deterrent to be effective, you need consider the state of mind of the perpetrator. When the crime is being committed, it is done with very little thought and typically perpetrator lives in the moment of the crime committed. There is no second guesses of consequences or outcome, but mere thought of gain, the primal thought at the moment when the murder is committed. The same was hypnotism works. You are convinced of something and you act upon it. Deterrent be damned no matter if you get executed afterward, you still get the outcome you wished when you committed the crime.
Second of all the cost versus benefit is completely out of frame. As already stated above death penalty does not prevent murder, then what is left for the benefit of it?
The most disturbing is the execution of innocent people. It have been already proven by statistics that 10% of all incarcerated people (if not more since misdemeanors are rarely ever included) are said to be and often proven to be innocent. Now imagine an innocent man or a woman who done nothing wrong put to death. You just committed murder to deter murder of an innocent person. Some say "well sometimes it is acceptable to execute innocent since vast majority of them are in fact guilty" but truly... would you who say that sacrifice yourself then? Would you let yourself to be executed? Would you willingly strap yourself to lethal injection gurney or electric chair or sit calmly in the gas chamber before being slaughtered like an animal or kept like one in 4ft by 6ft cage for several years in isolation before being slaughtered? Three out of seven people is the current rate of people on the death row have been proven innocent. That is about 40%. How many of you would be willing to take that chance to be the executioner using what is very close to the flip of a coin to execute an innocent person? Would you make yourself a legalized murderer?
I feel that the death penalty is somewhat hypocrytical as the state is meant to preserve and protect the lives of all the citizens and letting them choose ourr fate is restricting our rights to the most basic nessecity we humans need. However If I was in that situation I would want death penalty as it would be quickly rather than life sentence which is a death sentence dragged on for the rest of your miserable life in prison.
It is absolutely incoherent that death penalties should be allowed. Do you really think they should be allowed?! Of course not! It is ruining society. What if the criminal was actually innocent? We are not mind readers, so how can we tell if the suspect is guilty or innocent? Ever told your siblings or parents you didn't do something and you end up grounded? Exactly! So why should the death penalty be allowed? Framing is especially popular nowadays, and please reconsider before you start blaming people that are innocent and making them suffer this pointless, inhumane torture of a death penalty!
The majority of people who support the death penalty are against the killing of other people. Therefore, is it not hypocritical to then put the criminal to death for murder? Is it not murder to go through with the death penalty? It is not the government's choice to decide who lives and who does not. In fact, it's criminal of THEM to put people to death for wrong-doings.
In addition, there's the possibility that you have the wrong man. If so, you are putting an innocent man to death. I know of no one who supports killing innocent people except for those with a criminal mind.
The death penalty is technically going against the law. The law specifically states that murder is illegal. Isn't the death penalty a form of murdering another individual. If you say that the murder of one could be justified by the death of the murderer, then why do people that go after others that has harmed other be arrested. People support the death penalty, but are against kids at school for bullying a kid that used to bully someone else. Isn't that eye for an eye?
That article is wrong. The intent of an action should have no affect - The effect itself is the only important part. Killing is killing.
@the whole "Jailing is Jailing" thing
Yes, it is. The article falsely assumes that we view everything as equally morally reprehensible. Jailing is nowhere near as severe as depriving someone of life.
Taking the life of a murderer is murder as well. We don't know enough about what happens after death to be in the position to make such a desicion it is like playing god.
It costs more to place a person on the death penalty than to keep them in jail for the rest of their lives and it has been proven that it is not a deterant.
Firstly, if killing someone is inherently wrong, then state executions fall under that category. Secondly, in cases where the truth of the situation can't be completely ascertained, a subsequent execution cannot be reversed if new evidence comes to light.
A life always has worth, even if the owner of that life has committed despicable crimes. Instead of having the death penalty, make prisons more of a deterrence. Have prisoners do worthwhile and highly taxing work.
For any ethics question here is a strategy. Think how would the situation be in a free society.
For the death penalty, in a free society it would not exist since it would be more expensive than a restitution based system. So I think in the future death penalty would be outlawed all over the world.
We are killing people to punish them for killing people. Sounds a bit odd, doesn't it? Not only is it a cruel and inhumane punishment, but it is completely hypocritical of us and makes us murderers too. Additionally, killing someone effectively provides them with an 'out', an escape from their crime. If we really want them to suffer and be truly punished, they should live on in prison and take responsibility for their actions as this is often worse than death. An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
By carrying out the death penalty you are practically defying everything that you have been taught. One of the ten commandments is thou shall not kill, and that clearly says not to kill others. Yes, it is horrible what the accused has done, but by carrying out the death penalty you are practically saying "It's okay to kill". By spending life in prion you are giving them time to think and feel guilty for what they have done, and Capitol Punishment is simply a way of getting revenge. By allowing the death penalty you are saying that people deserve to die, and nobody- no matter who they are- deserves to die. We aren't God, and we can't do what we please to others for what they have done.
So many people have been given the death penalty for a crime they didn't commit. As one of the Ten Commandments says "Thou shalt not kill" No one in the government jury or any thing is exempt from that commandment. No matter what the crime is, the death penalty is unethical.
First of all the law says killing is illegal... But they allow death penalty? That makes no sense and they are just committing the same crime the person did by killing them for no reason at all, when you could just send them to jail. So killing others just makes us no better.
There are so many cases where someone have been "proven" guilty and have served time in prison for a crime they haven't committed. If the death penalty is allowed there could be innocent people put to death, so that someone later could say, "Hey, they weren't really guilty at all." So in this case, no the death penalties should not be allowed.
The governments should ban the death penalty because it’s morally wrong. It’s a very severe punishment for those criminals. As the death rate gets higher the population may decrease. Do you really want this to happen to your families? Think about others feeling not only about yourself. Murdering is wrong so by executing lives its basically wrong.
Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life. Most people don't realize that carrying out one death sentence costs 2-5 times more than keeping that same criminal in prison for the rest of his life. How can this be? It has to do with the endless appeals, additional required procedures, and legal wrangling that drag the process out. It's not unusual for a prisoner to be on death row for 15-20 years. Judges, attorneys, court reporters, clerks, and court facilities all require a substantial investment by the taxpayers. Do we really have the resources to waste? -http://www.Balancedpolitics.Org/death_penalty.Htm
Of course everyone who has committed a crime, has done wrong. But no one deserves to be killed. The folk doesn't have a right to decide who should live and who not.
Everyone can do something wrong when they are going through rough times, suffering from depression having dozens of problems with themselves and the others.
Give These People a Chance to think about their behaviour. Think about the families. No one wants their son/brother/relative to be taken away from them. I think, that sometimes public doesn't understand that it is not the almighty god.
However I think that there should be no life-long imprisonment either. Someone who gets convicted to life-long imprisonment loses all perspectives. Doing so to a human-being, drives him/her mad and is cruel.
What we need is a law System that first only allows verdicts which convict for Maximum 35-45 years imprisonment. Afterwards it can again be decided whether a Person should be aqcuitted or kept longer isolated.
Death penalties should be banned in all the countries because this world is made by the god and only he can kill the people or our parents can because they are our makers and the government has no right to kill us or even harm us. If they want then they shall harm us because the terrorist is guilty and he deserves to be tortured because he has harmed the people.
1. Death Penalty violates the human right. 2. Innocent people got killed in the past. 3. Too expensive, a waste of money. 4. No ONE is a GOD. 5. The killers or murderers would grow a conscience when they are in jail a long time, to re-tribute as well. 6. Humans, as a very complicated species who lives on earth, have complex emotions. We can learn how to forgive if we were the victim's family.
As an analogy, if you where run into on the highway, and your car was damaged, would you then, the next day do the same thing to the person who originally ran into your car, no. I understand that anger and resentment will prevail no matter what, but will you go ahead and sink down to the level of the person who originally did it. Unless the crime is truly heinous, or the person is a permanent danger to society, the death penalty is just not justifiable.
Some just make bad decisions, they might be truly good people who did not handle a situation in the correct manner, put them in jail, why should you kill them, will it satisfy you. The killing of another individual, and I will not get into religion on this one, unless the circumstances are dire, should be avoided at all cost, and that is common sense.
Death penalty is more of a reward for what they have done, if they don't have a death penalty then they have to live with the regret and memories of what they have done. I would say that living with the emotional stress is more of a punishment than sentencing them to death.
The fact that criminals or murderers are being killed is not acceptable, even though the event was serious nobody has the right to take life away from someone. If we are going to execute someone then that means that they haven't learnt anything and are using the easy way out. They should be sent to prison where they will be tortured.
If a criminal takes someones life and his sentence is death and he does die you will be just as low, evil and also a criminal. You have done the exact same thing that they did which is taking someones life so that is the exact same thing the murderer has done so if you think that death penalties should be allowed you should also be killed for letting him die
If it was your child who got raped/murdered and the person who did it was sentenced to death you would probably agree with the decision. However, if it was your child who was convicted of rape or murder and they were sentenced to death would you agree with the decision?
Capital punishment is biased, discriminating against race, the poor, and the mentally ill. Not only this, but it is not a deterrant as some people believe it is, and costs more then a life sentence in prison would. It is an unfair, discriminatory, and wrong way to go about punishing people for their wrong doings.
It's 21st century and the world is supposed to be advanced (?). The society recognizes basic human rights etc, and people agree that murders & violence are not right. Then how comes people think killing other people for any reason at all is an option?? The death penalty is extremely barbaric. The "eye for an eye" solution simply doesn't work - violence creates more violence. We must not fight against murders by murdering more people. I am not a christian yet I believe that people have no right to decide about lives & deaths of other people. Criminals, especially murderers, disobey this rule everyday. However this doesn't mean that the state should be allowed to kill people legally!! A murder approved by the court is still just a murder.
&there is more to this subject. Exonerations happen regularly. The judges & other people in courtrooms are just humans. Sometimes they make mistakes. Sometimes the evidence is false. Etc. And once you kill a person there is no way back. People have been proven innocent after the execution. One can never be 100percent sure - and if there's only one innocent man executed, it is still too many. In fact it proves that such system doesn't work.
(Christians, how comes you support the death penalty? Have you ever read the Bible? It says "you shall not kill." It doesn't say "you shall not kill good people" or "you shall not kill people who don't deserve to die." Jesus only died on the cross because the death penalty was legal. His death should be a big enough warning to you.)
There are many reports of people being found not guilty after being executed. English jurist William Blackstone once said, “Better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.” Whether you support execution or not I think that we can all agree upon that statement. Even lawyers are indoctrinated with this concept early in law school. Despite the United State’s innocent-until-proven-guilty legal system, there are several cases where a presumably innocent person is convicted of a crime, some even put to death.
Death sentence should be allowed only for pedophiles and drug dealers. In my opinion the common killers or burglars should not be sentenced to death. Death does not bring back the victims. And after all...... We reply to killers by killing them? We should help them to realise their crime and have the chance to show he is sorry.
The death penalty is cruel, no matter how bad the crime is. Everyone deserves a second chance whether they're in jail or not. If the crime is as bad as it is, than they should be in prison for life, depending on what it is. It's as simple as that. Wouldn't you want a second chance if you made a mistake? Well, this is probably a better way to go than being sentenced to death. Therefore, the death penalty should not be allowed.
The death penalty should not be allowed. Why? Well,think about it, the person could be wrongfully convicted. And what sense does it make to kill someone because they killed someone? It's just murder for murder. And yes, I'm fully aware that in the Christian Bible it says "an eye for an eye?" But really, not even everyone believes in that moral. Like ghandi said "an eye for an eye just makes the whole world blind."
In my opinion, I would rather be killed than spend the rest of my life in prison, especially if we make prison conditions more harsh for felons and murderers.
The death penalty seems like proper retribution for certain crimes and it can be a deterrent. However, I do not agree with the idea of a government being able to take the life of another. Our justice system is not foolproof and is comprised people that are capable of making mistakes. One innocent person put to death is one too many. better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer, William Blackstone
I think the death penalty should be abolished because (I) 2010 FBI statistics show the homicide rate in states without the death penalty is lower than in states with the death penalty; (ii) it's applied unfairly to non-Caucasians; (iii) we never can be sure whether a convicted murderer is guilty (exonerations happen on a regular basis); and (iv) it's more retaliation than justice.
There is always a chance, in anything that a miscarriage of justice could be performed. When this happens and the wrong person is executed it is irreversible. Our criteria of evidence still leaves room for error and it is better to let a guilty person go free than for an innocent person to be executed. It is for this reason I opposed it though I think there is a legitimate reason behind wanting it as a punishment, we just can't risk it.
The death penalty was suppose to be made to execute people who have done crimes that are unethical, but now people are getting a death sentence for a crime they did not commit, and sometimes if the sentence is carried out that person gets no justice. Most people are found innocent because witnesses are falsely accusing people of doing something they did not do, and yet they are still paying the price. How would you feel if you were put on death row knowing that you are innocent?
Sobbing, screaming and wailing this is what you would see at the executions table. Everyone has there own families and even criminals have families. If you kill them you would be just as bad and would leave their poor husband and wives husband less and wives less and if they were both killed then what about the children...? they would be con- deemed , bullied and they would be taunted. This may make them want to prove to the other children that they are wrong and actually start with small things like stealing and then this could end with murders...it would keep on going in a circle and in a circle.
I have always abide by the philosophy of "I would rather set 100 criminals free than have 1 innocent man wrongly imprisoned", and my viewpoint on that extends to the death penalty. Once someone is killed, you cannot take that back. if the state murders someone for a crime that they did not commit, there is no taking that back. Even disregarding the chances of wrongful execution, the death penalty is an inhumane punishment. I would go as far as to say that it is not justice, it is human blood thirst and revenge.
The arguments against are legion.
- How do you determine what crime deserves this?
- Politics effect who is murdered and who isn't.
- It costs more to execute someone then to keep them locked up for their entire life.
- Just because someone has acted heinously doesn't mean the people need to act in kind.
- Victims need care and attention not vengeance.
Death penalty is reserved for rarest of rare cases, usually in cases of murder, the sole reason for this is the fact that the state places human life on the highest pedestal, but even a criminal is a human being, and if the state is going to execute him, then the principle that the state so much advocates and supports is being nullified by the state itself.
Moreover, who is being punished in the case of death penalty? Death is certain ! even if one is the pope, he has to die. Everyone dies! In case of a death sentence what happens is that we are just killing him before his biological time limit, but that's not a punishment, simply because there is no time for reformation, which now seems to be the goal of the justice system.
The principle is simple, life can't be re-payed with life.... and to propose such is inhuman.
There is no guarantee that the legal system can, in all cases, make the correct judgement on an individual's guilt. There are imperfections in our system when cases are not thoroughly investigated that could lead, in some cases, to the wrongful execution of people. Because the legal system can not guarantee that innocents will not be killed, the death penalty should be banned.
The death penalty suggests that it is acceptable for one person (say a judge) to decide whether somebody has the right to live or die. What's stopping a criminal from thinking this is reasoning for him to decide whether his potential victim lives or dies? Besides this, mistakes are made and people ARE wrongfully sentenced.
Jamie, I'm extremely sorry, but your argument is completely invalid. The Bible doesn't and won't mean anything as there is a "separation of church and state." As the money behind sustaining an inmate as opposed to the chair or lethal injection, many people are serving life sentences, without killing people. You stated that only people who kill should ever receive it, because they are a significant cost?
I am against mandatory executions primarily because people who are killed are often found to be innocent later. If an innocent person dies, doesn't that constitute state sanctioned murder? If we cannot be 100% certain of the guilt of all persons than by performing executions we are guilty of murder.
On the other hand, I believe very strongly that a person facing a sentence of 20 years or more should have the option of death. Some people wouldn't understand because death is seen as the worse sentence, but other people would rather move on from this life. Many people facing long sentences try to kill themselves for this very reason. Many more would if it wasn't for the fact that we tend to assume more guilt on a person who does. If we provided the option of death to all those who request it the cost to our prison system would be much lower, and those people who want to die can do so in peace.
The death penalty actually costs less than life in prison when trial costs are included, so taxpayers shouldn't have to pay to murder someone.
The death penalty does not deter other criminals, and studies have been done to prove it. Southern U.S. executes the most people and also has the highest murder rate in the U.S.
Innocent people can be executed. 140 people have been proven to be innocent and a lot more probably died unproven.
In my opinion, killing a person just because he or she has done something wrong is not a good punishment, because this person doesn't learn anything about what he has done, just dies. And if we punish our society by killing terrorists or killers there will be more murderers because they will see that the government is also killing humans.
From what I know about jail, it is a pretty terrible place. There is rape and abuse and the government tends to turn a blind eye to it. I think that spending a life in prison is a stronger deterrent than death. Think about it, statistically people sentenced to death range between the ages of 20 - 25, this means that they have at least another 70 years left to live. Can you imagine living 70 years in the same cell, being raped and beaten, and having your freedom taken away, because I can barely imagine how that must be. Also for people who talk about the cost of keeping a person alive for 70 years who isn't contributing to society, you are in for a shock. If you actually do some research you will find that it is more costly to put a person to death, than keep them alive for 70. Millions of dollars can be spent on appeals and court cases when trying to enforce the death penalty. It is actually cheaper to keep them alive believe it or not. Also if you have a problem with them not having to pay for their accommodation, then make inmates to some work. In Australia, where the death penalty is not allowed, many inmates are assigned a puppy. This puppy the inmates help to raise and train to be a disability dog. This job is therapeutic for the inmates and really helps many people with disabilities.
"An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind"
The death penalty is an inhuman form of punishment that is solely based on revenge. Killing people for killing people is hypocritical and is indistinguishable from murder. Thousands of innocent people have been killed by the death penalty and many others have never gotten a chance to redeem themselves.
To say that someone should be killed for killing another is contradictory and sends a backwards message. If citizens within a state have no authority to murder someone, why does the state itself have such authority?
While the idea of it to deter murder holds merit, rehabilitation should be sought for offenders of the law. To simply kill individuals for transgressions is primitive and a reflection of the innate desire for humans to see blood shed and allow emotion to reign supreme over reason.
They have done many studies on this, and it doesn't drop the crime rate from state to state, depending on whether or not they have the death penalty. It takes about 20 years to move a convicted felon through all the appeals they have to go through to even be able to carry out the death penalty. Though the death penalty doesn't influence crime, it does influence the lives of the loved ones of the convict. A lot of times influencing them to see the "system" in a negative light. Who knows, maybe the death penalty creates more felons...
Life is the most valuable value, in any judgement scenario, because for anyone to be able to value or judge anything else, he must first be living. And even if in living, one is unable to make any type of judgement, life is still in itself an intrinsic value, as well as the greatest possible extrinsic value, since it is required to value anything else. We cannot value something if we do not exist.
We see that from the moral plane or standard of deontology, the death punishment is never acceptable because it is the greatest moral value.
However, we must acknowledge that consequentially it is an effective deterrent as punishment to crimes in which it is enacted. We have seen in situations and states where the death penalty is enacted, the crime for which it is allotted has been greatly reduced. This fact does not require example, since, as I have shown previously life is the greatest value, thus one will avoid a certain crime to perpetuate his life. So it is efficient to deter crime. But is reducing crime the only end of justice? Let us look at the value of autonomy. Free will. In nearly every government some liberties are offered. The freedoms of expression, business and trade etc. we value autonomy so highly that we even sacrifice well-being for it. We allow citizens to have free will, though we could eliminate crime by completely controlling them. This is not ethical because autonomy is also an intrinsic value. And if life is the most basic value, for we need life before we may have autonomous will, then we cannot justify the death-penalty under any terms.
Death as means is never acceptable to any end. If it were, we could justify worldwide and total genocide. If we look at the issues consequentially, then we can justify anything. Because if all humanity is extinct, crime is obsolete. This is why we must view the resolution as a maxim. We can never use death as an answer to any form of crime, even if the crime is one of murder. Because as an ideal, we cannot legitimately use death as a mechanism to achieve good or justice.
Thus we see that under any spectrum by which we view it and in any situation, we can never justify killing an individual for any reason.
Disclaimer. This is not to say that an individual may not defend himself by killing another. If he is in a situation where either he or the other is to be killed, then by refusing to act and allowing himself to be killed, he is actually just as immoral by aiding in murder. The reason why it is not acceptable for law is because, once in the legal system a criminal is no longer a threat to society, thus he poses no immediate danger or harm. Therefore, killing someone may be permissible but never as punishment, only as self defense. And since we are speaking in terms of just punishment, we cannot affirm the resolution.
Our judicial system, has many flaws. If the death penalty was enforced, then many people would be killed. You may say that you are doing the right thing by killing this person. But what if you killed an innocent person? What if the real murderer was still out in the world and you took the life of an innocent person? That is why I think that the Death Penalty should never be put into action.
For those who believe in the Christian Bible, yes, it says "an eye for an eye" but it does not only say an eye for an eye meaning to take revenge back. "Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:38-39. This does not convey to do the same back because personal revenge belongs to God, and God will make things right in the end. Also doesn't one of the ten commandments say thou shalt not kill, so what makes it fair to kill another and then believe that you have not sinned. It is also a law not to murder, and although you can justify your reason, you are still murdering another. If you really want to justify and give punishment, there is also life-sentence, and there are no luxuries and privileges in jail where they can stay for life.
The death penalty is an inhumane form of punishment that is not fit for a civilized society. It is never the right of any person to kill another person, unless in self-defense, which the death penalty is not. The risk of wrongful convictions alone should be enough to have the death penalty entirely outlawed.
Seventeen people have been proven innocent and exonerated by DNA testing in the United States after serving time on death row. They were convicted in 11 states and served a combined 209 years in prison including 187 years on death row for crimes they didn't commit. Our system is flawed and countless innocent people have been put to death. Not to mention the financial cost of the program. It simply is not worth it.