Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment?
Capital punishment is the lawful infliction of death as a punishment and since ancient times, it has been used for a wide variety of offences. The vast majority of democratic countries in Europe and Latin America have abolished capital punishment over the last fifty years, but United States, most democracies in Asia, and almost all totalitarian governments retain it. Many see the penalty as barbaric and out of date. Others see it as a very important tool in fighting violent intentional murder. Therefore, death penalty is one of the most debated issues in the Criminal Justice System.
Using death penalty is useless in that it doesn't bring the victim back to life. Maybe the biggest reason to ban the death penalty is that it does not change the fact that the victim is gone and will never come back. The "eye for an eye" mentality will never solve anything. A revenge philosophy inevitably leads to an endless cycle of violence. Hate, revenge, and anger will never cure the emptiness of a lost loved one.
Life in prison is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent. For those of you who do not feel much sympathy for a murderer, keep in mind that death may be too good for them. With a death sentence, the suffering is over in an instant. With life in prison, the pain goes on for decades. Prisoners are confined to a cage and live in an internal environment of rape and violence where they are treated as animals.
The fear of the death penalty has never reduced crime. When supportes of capital punishment think “fear of death” will prevent one from committing murder, it is not true because most murders are done on the “heat of passion” when a person cannot think rationally.
The prisoner's family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state. One victim's innocent family is obviously forced to suffer from a capital murder, but by enforcing a death sentence, you force another family to suffer. Why double the suffering when we do not have to?
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- Ulrike Kögel (Author), 2007, Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment?, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/128758