Thursday, February 17, 2011

Death Penalty

We all have an opinion of this, but the fact is 60% of the world population lives in a country in which people are sometimes executed for their crimes, most important countries being China, The USA (most of states) and Indonesia.

I think this is a more advanced and modern world than it was decades or centuries ago, and I wonder why more than half of the world still applies death sentence. Sure, nobody likes rapists or murderers; neither do I. Killing them of course prevents them from commiting crimes again but that's not the solution,that's not why we created Penal Law; we created it to (basically) send people to jail so they learn the lesson. Some also say they never learn so it's better for everyone if we kill them...well that's what life imprisonment is for.

Now let's analyze some pros and cons of death penalty:

Pros:
Prevents the person executed from commiting more crimes.
If anything, makes the victim's family, friends etc feel better as the murderer was killed (Retribution).

Cons:
-We become murderers and violate the right to live.
-We can't go back or lift the punishment if we find out the criminal was actually innocent.
-There's no way the recluse will become a good citizen in the future (which is the main goal of Penal Law)

Death Penalty is basically an eye for an eye. And remember: An eye for an eye and we all go blind.


19 comments:

  1. Hes already locked in. If he commits more crimes inside the prison like killing gangmembers then ok execute him, since hes obviously a criminal.

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  2. better than life penalty, it's just a waste of food and resources in general

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  3. I'm always ambivalent about the morality of the death penalty. There's so many variables, like should a man be hung for killing another man or should he be hung only after kill a hundred men? There are thousands of questions making it impossible to compromise.

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  4. The death penalty is never justifiable

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  5. your life is not worth the taxes we pay... Just sayin'

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  6. Gotta say I'm against the death penalty. Mixed feelings, but there's always the risk of killing an innocent, and retribution isn't the same thing as justice.

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  7. Tough subject. Always seems like there needs to be exceptions.

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  8. Its called eye for an eye. Its the people that go to jail for 20 years for having a pound of weed. Thats what should be addressed.

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  9. pro - cheaper for the government to kill them than keep them for 30 years

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  10. my country does not have death penalties, but I think it would be good to have it, would clean the prisons a bit, and save money to use with better things

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  11. I'm sure a lot of innocent have died this way. Following :)

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  12. US is a good example of death penalty not working. Crime has not gone down.

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  13. the truth is: some ppl are scared by death, some are scared by life in prison. Therefore, there will always be both.

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  14. You have to do some messed up shit to be put to death for it (at least I think) it would be cheaper than supporting them for a life sentence...

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  15. I agree, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind

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  16. You lose your right to life once you take someones life.

    allowing the murderer to live, is like kicking the victim while he's down

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