Death penalty is an archaic form of punishment and should be abolished completely.

Death penalty is an archaic form of punishment and should be abolished completely.
Capital punishment has been used by nearly all the human societies since the beginning of human civilization. Moreover on many occasions the execution methods were cruel or gave no regard to the suffering of the prisoner. Until the modern era that was the "status quo" of most societies. During the 20th and 21st century there have been many countries that acknowledged the practice as barbaric and non-democratic and have abolished death penalty , although there are many countries that still use it to this day, and that is the matter that we will be discussing.

There are various reasons for the abolition of capital punishment :

1) For an execution to take place , an executioner is needed and that requires a group of people that will assume that role. Anyone with common sense can understand that it is contradictory for a country that regards human life as a virtue to allow certain people to actually ignore that perspective in certain circumstances. It is also a disturbing thought that physicians are actually present during the execution procedures.

2) Taking a life is a direct violation of the most basic of human rights and that is not acceptable in a modern society.

3) Death penalty doesn't even do what it is supposed to do. It appears that capital punishment is not an effective deterrent.

4) There have been many instances when death row inmates were found innocent through DNA testing and were released. That points to the possibility that innocent inmates may have been executed and that argument alone can still stand on it's own against death penalty.

5) Modern day supposedly "humane" methods of executions such as lethal injection or electrocution sometimes cause a painful death.

Of course , none can blame the victims for wanting retribution , however, laws exist to prevent individuals from pursuing vengeance and their own vision of justice , and that's why it would not be an overstepping to say that in Democratic country , it is unconstitutional for the State to carry out executions.

Nietzsche: "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you."

reference :

Michael L.Radelet & Traci L. Lacock. "Do executions lower homicide rates ? The views of leading criminologists. " The journal of Criminal Law & Criminology.2009

Agree

Alexa

No one has the right to decide on death

The death penalty is barbaric and while some crimes are so dreadful that seems like the only punishment, who are we humans to decide who should live or die?

In many countries the death penalty has been abolished, and is only in existence in countries where there torture seems to be allowed, plus the USA. It's not a deterrent, because if it were, then there would be no crime, but crime has always existed and always will. The idea is to control and prevent it, and those who become criminals, find ways to stop them from choosing that path.

Posted by Alexa on 10-27-2018
Wubwub

Probably

I'm not too educated in this matter and I'm sure it's very complex so I'm just giving my perspective from someone who has a simple understanding of it. From my point of view, it does seem a bit too archaic and even unnecessary because I don't think it deters many criminals anyway and I think that death is even better for some rather than living in punishment.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-31-2018
MomoStarr16

Obviously it is also a crime

You can't make the wrong right just doing another wrong thing. And killing someone is not applicable for us because God is the only one who has the power to take life.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-28-2018
jaybee19

No one should kill anyone

Even though I feel like killers and other criminals deserve to be removed from the society by eliminating them completely, I still believe in the power of change and I believe that anyone should be given a second chance in life. After all, if they are really found to be guilty, they'll surely rot in hell. And also, even if there's injustice nowadays, still I don't think we humans have the right to kill. Why? because if we do that, we won't be any better because we are also doing what a criminal does especially if it's a murder. If we punish death sentence, we are also copying what the criminal does - to murder.
Posted by jaybee19 on 10-28-2018
stbrians

I Agree

Corporal punishment is inhuman. The person who does the act is a murderer. It dies not matter if the murder is licenced or not but the act of murder has been done in the name of capital punishment.
Posted by stbrians on 11-03-2018
astraherondale

No one should play God.

There is no point in reinstituting death penalty at all. No one should play God and be given the right to decide that someone's life is worth ending. Death sentence should NEVER be an option in penalizing any crime, whether heinous or not. To kill someone based on grounds of justice is unconstitutional, it is a violation of that person's human rights and should never be acceptable.

As a matter of fact, death penalty has been employed by governments around the world and yet in all cases it has failed in curbing crime rates. Studies have been done and it was continuously and consistently proven that death penalty was never effective in its purpose. Moreover, flawed justice systems that favor the powerful and oppress the poor will just result to a massacre of the latter, while the criminal offenses of the former remain unpunished.

Posted by astraherondale on 11-01-2018
rmbsuarez

Retribution is not the answer

killing the killer's life is the same as killing an innocent life. Life is sacred. No one has the right to take our lives, not even killers nor the state. It is only the God, who gives us life, that can take that away from us. Moreover, implementation of death penalty will just continue the cycle of killing. It will not put any period to the existing problem. There is no guarantee that killing the murderer's life will satisfy the family left by the victim. If one needs true justice, it is better that we can see the perpetrator suffering than seeing him in coffin. If we really want revenge, it is better that we can witness it than to let him rest for the rest of his life. At the end of the day, we have law that states that killing ids prohibited, therefore,. we should not kill our fellow man.
Posted by rmbsuarez on 11-16-2018

Disagree

cmoneyspinner

There's Murder and Then There's Justice

"2) Taking a life is a direct violation of the most basic of human rights and that is not acceptable in a modern society."

No duh!! Whisper that in the murderer's ear while they are on their way to the electric chair or the gas chamber or wherever. I'm sure they'll understand that they're not a victim being murdered. They're just being removed from society so they won't take a life again!

Posted by cmoneyspinner on 10-27-2018
stbrians
You are just legalising a murder. Murder is murder whether licenced or not. Maybe those who murdered and received capital punishment were also removing the victims from doing something bad.
GeorgeDr
So , from what you are saying, if it is just to kill a murderer, what would you do with someone that killed another person because he was delivering justice. Also aren't all those executioners murderers? haven't they went through the irreversible threshold of killing another human being? Or is it OK if the state is giving the order?
Barida

I disagree.

one thing that is necessary for us to understand about the capital punishment is that it is not something that the court always decide without putting a lot of things into perspective. The best way that we can look at this is for those that are killing others who also deserve to die by this way.
Posted by Barida on 10-28-2018
amelia88

For some things I think it’s justified

I do think in some cases the death penalty is justified. I do think though that there needs to be absolutely no doubt about the perpetrator of the crime for it to be okay. I’ve heard of horror stories in other countries where the death penalty has been imposed and then it was found out that it was the wrong person.
Posted by amelia88 on 10-28-2018
rlpzbeermoney

Only for the most henious of crimes

I do agree that Death Penalty is archaic but I don't think it should be abolished completely. Some criminals out there have done heinous crimes, something a normal person wouldn't even imagine to do and they are still living. Should they come out of prison, I doubt they have been reformed. Much better to get rid of the bad apples poisoning society. Not all criminals deserve to be hanged/electrocuted but I do think some (The really bad ones) do.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 10-29-2018
jeffreyjose48

Death penalty

I disagree. I believe that death penalty is needed. Its for the peace and order in the land.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 10-28-2018
NerdIndeed

Eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.

I think the implementation of the death penalty is somehow required to remind people that committing severe crimes (murder, etc.) has a reciprocal cruel punishment.

It's so ironic how many sins are committed by the people who call themselves deeply religious that is mostly against this punishment.

Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-28-2018
jpk0007

Death penalty is necessary in rare cases

Well, I do agree partially that societies should not take the lives of human beings for the crimes they have committed. It is undoubtedly the harshest of the punishment that someone can get. But I don't think this is the right time to abolish Death penalties completely. The World is facing a very present and imminent danger of terrorism and extremism. people are killed en masse by individuals who are complete monsters and who don't have the slightest amount of guilt after they kill dozens of innocent men and women in the most gruesome way. how are we going to punish such lunatics who can never ever be reformed? I think in such heinous cases Death Penalty is the only option to punish these monsters. if we abolish the death penalty then it will be the biggest injustice to the victims and their families.
Posted by jpk0007 on 10-27-2018
theresajane

I disagree

"The end does not justify the means." Though many people may think that it is only right to give them a death penalty for the grave sins that they committed, it is still wrong to kill a person. whatever reason there is, whatever benefits that it'll bring to society. It's never right to end the life of a person. Just give him a lifetime imprisonment, that would be greater than killing.
Posted by theresajane on 10-31-2018
Jstreeter26

Better ways of punishment

I honestly believe that the death penelty is the easy way out for some people. I feel that letting them escape punishment like that is too easy and doesnt do enough to dissuade horrible crimes.
Posted by Jstreeter26 on 10-27-2018
mftmadam

It should go both ways.

Those who are punished by death penalty have serious crimes under their name, like rape or murder or homicide. And I think putting them to death penalty is just equal, they did crimes that violated the law. They crossed a lot of lines, especially the ones who took lives. Here in my country murderers can get away with money or a short amount of jail time, and in my opinion that's not justice at all.
Posted by mftmadam on 10-30-2018
sonnyisabeast

The only punishment that puts an end to it

It is the most effective means of making a potential lawbreaker think twice before doing what they are going to do. They are going to go "Should I do this, if I get caught I'm gonna get the death penalty..." instead of "If I get caught, it's prison. That's worth it, I'll still be alive..." The death penalty is the only punishment that delivers results.
Posted by sonnyisabeast on 10-31-2018
kaushikangara

Death penalty should not be abolished

I'm not in the favor of abolishing death penalty. The person who has committed a grave crime such as a murder should know the importance of a life. If he is given an alternative sentence such as life imprisonment, the government will have to bear additional expenses on his security and his arrangements in the prison such as food, shelter etc. In most of the cases, the person who has committed the crime does not have any remorse for his actions. So, he will continue to lead a violent life in the prison forming gangs, selling illegal drugs and resorting to frequent violence with the inmates.

Death punishment will serve as a warning to those who plan of committing such grave crimes and they should know that taking a life will result in losing his/her life. Only this way, justice will be done to the family of the deceased.

Posted by kaushikangara on 11-13-2018

Comments

jetselle
The death penalty magnifies social and monetary inequalities. It isn't always reserved for the worst crimes, however for defendants with the worst attorneys. It does not follow to people with cash. Almost every person sentenced to death needed to depend upon an overworked public defender. When was the last time you noticed a rich individual sentenced to death.
Posted by jetselle on 10-27-2018
vinaya
I am against death penalty. It is more of ethical issue for me. Human beings do not control birth, why should they try to control death. Another reason what I don't like death penalty is a social issue. I think the most severe kind of punishment is life imprisonment, death ends everything and the criminal does not even have to repent.
Posted by vinaya on 10-27-2018
TheArticulate
I appreciate your outlook on this topic. People who are sentenced to death cost the people in our country a lot of money, which I don't think is fair. I hate to boil it down to a monetary issue, but I honestly don't believe someone who's on death row is worth millions and millions of taxpayer dollar. I agree, we should put them in a cell and let them be forgotten as opposed to just ending them.
Posted by TheArticulate on 10-30-2018
mitan143
I don't exactly know where to agree because I also believe that no one has the right to decide a person's death. However, people who intentionally committed crimes are confident that they don't punish that much to be executed. It is kind of dillemma for me. But if there's a batter way to discipline then death penulty can be abolished completely.
Posted by mitan143 on 10-28-2018
lovely
If the crime was a heinous one life imprisonment with hard labor will suffice.Killing the criminal will make it so easy for the person. Let the person be restricted and punished throughout his or her lifetime on earth so that repentance will be sorted and achieved before natural death.
Posted by lovely on 11-02-2018
mark86
Death Penalty is something a huge discussion before it implemented. I dont think people should practice this kind of punishment but if the person did something really against the law then for some countries they issued this punishment.
Posted by mark86 on 10-28-2018
NerdIndeed
The death penalty is a double-edged sword. Historically it has often been a tool for a ruling government to get rid of opposition leaders, journalists or any other form of critics. No government should have this kind of power. And that's not even taking into account possible false convictions and the overall moral aspect.?

However, I think in some cases the death penalty is necessary when someone did terrible and horrible crimes. Avoid death penalty as punishment as possible, but do it when needed.?
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-28-2018
thejoyrevolution
I don’t think that the life of a person should be in another person’s hand. In the other hand I understand the need for the victims’ family to demand the life of suspect for the life that is lost. It is unethical and inhumane. I believe a person can change in his lifetime.
Posted by thejoyrevolution on 10-28-2018
jeffreyjose48
I vote for death penalty. I believe it is greatly needed to bring peace and order in the land. People need to obey rules and regulations.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 10-28-2018
overcast
I think in it's current state, there is some form of necessity for the death penalty. Because people who are against their own nation. And some of the time crime is beyond imagination. So we make way out of what we can. Sometimes it is hard and some of the other time it depends on that thing.
Posted by overcast on 10-28-2018
Kakashi2020
I don't think that sentencing a person to death can solve anything. Instead of executing people why not give them a hundred year prison term instead. This way they could work their asses off inside the jail, let them be productive so that society and the economy could benefit from them.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 10-28-2018
iambeth
Good point. They can repent by living their remaining years in prison and provide services to the society. I think that's a more pragmatic approach than the death penalty.
Posted by iambeth on 10-30-2018
vhinz
Our country used to have death penalty before through electric chair and then it became lethal injection and then it was abolished. The existence of the death penalty did not stop people from doing crimes like murder and rape. Death penalty is not the solution to prevent crimes but I vote to have it back in our country because rich people who committed murder and rape continues to enjoy their life even they are in prison.
Posted by vhinz on 10-28-2018
NerdIndeed
I couldn't agree with you more. Justice, I mean the law system is only for the wealthy and influential. Same with the extra-judicial killings that are happening in the country, most of the victims are poor. I'm like sure, but... Oh well.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-31-2018
MomoStarr16
We don't have the authority to judge other people to die because of a certain sin. We don't have the permission or we don't hold the power to stop the life of one another. It is a sin to commit.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 10-28-2018
nrnlss
I am pro death penalty, our country used to have death penalty, however human rights activist
Posted by nrnlss on 10-28-2018
nrnlss
Human rights activist abhor it. For me, if a country have death penalty, the people there would be afraid to do crime because they are afraid to die.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-28-2018
allyn2017
I am not a pro of death penalty, I believe that everyone has a chance to redeem theirselves and how can they redeem theirselves when we don't give them a chance to do that?
Posted by allyn2017 on 10-29-2018
lovely
This is my point exactly people should be given the chance to repent. The holy bible says there's no repentance in the grave, so no need sending someone to an early grave when he or she would have lived to do all the penance here on earth.
Posted by lovely on 11-02-2018
jaymish
I agree. This is an ancient punishment. How do you punish someone in death? They are dead and do not feel anything. I think that you should punish them with labor or something. Even taking away someone's liberties is punishment enough. I think an eye for an eye was the old way of thinking. With the new testament brought the way of doing everything in love. So our goal should be to reform criminals so that they become valuable contributors in society. They should come out of prison with life skills and a new attitude especially for crimes that are not murder.
Posted by jaymish on 10-29-2018
nekonieden
I am against death penalty. For me it is enough to jail them forever as long as people don't help those who deserve in prison as a lot of folks here especially those folks who have the authority to make the decision or let say, police men, give them freedom even if they are criminal.
Posted by nekonieden on 10-29-2018
iambeth
I believe in the correctional method which is imprisonment as punishment. I think even law offenders should be given a chance to repent. I do not want to feel like I had a hand in letting someone die by approving the death penalty.
Posted by iambeth on 10-29-2018
NerdIndeed
Yes, I feel the same way as you do and it's that everybody deserves a second chance. On a side note, those who have been placed behind bars are being fed and rehabilitated through the use of tax money. As a tax-paying citizen, I think it's just annoying that the funds I shared to the government go to these law breaking bastards.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-31-2018
lovely
This should be the thought of everyone, even if one committed mortal sin it still not right to kill the person. Life imprisonment will be more like it. Let the person work in there with very hard labor it will help in repentance and a lesson to others.
Posted by lovely on 11-02-2018
theresajane
I agree with you. Punishing someone who has committed a grave sin by killing is still considered as a sin. Every life on Earth is precious and is gifted by God. No one can end someone's life righteously other than Him.
Posted by theresajane on 11-05-2018
emiaj55
Im in neutral in this one. At some point I do think that an ultimate punishment is needed. It is high time that we acknowledge that there are people who are born without the conscience of a human being. And a lot of them are capable. They have psychological disorders that may or may not be treated for simple reasons as they don't want to. It is already their way of liviing.

But in the same way. Humans should still not play God. God giveth life, only he could take it away.

In the end, we couldn't justify murder. But as well we couldn't just stay quiet if our love ones safety is on the line.
Posted by emiaj55 on 10-29-2018
hstinscdln
I disagree with this thought. Death Penalty is given to those who have committed a mortal sin. They have probably took someone's life already or maybe they raped and molested a woman. With that said, why can't we give death to someone who has given other people death already? Killing someone who killed someone is pretty justifiable for me. It's taking the like of a person who took the life of another person. If he has raped a woman, he has also taken the life of the woman. That woman's life is already destroyed or damage because of what he did. I am purely against the idea of death penalty being abolished.
Posted by hstinscdln on 10-30-2018
theresajane
Though death penalty are what the others want so rapists, drug Lord's and other grave offenders will be punished greatly, killing is never a great option. You cannot punish the one who signed by committing a sin too. It is so wrong and as much as I want to abhor the people who have committed unspeakable crimes, I also don't want other people to kill their brothers and sisters. Just imagine the guilt that the one who will officiate the killing will feel when he is asked by the higher-ups to kill the criminal. It would be terrible.
Posted by theresajane on 10-31-2018
lovely
I have always been against this kind of punishment for anyone I will never be in support of killing no matter what. Let criminals that deserve it be imprisoned for life, no need killing one we cannot create. The holy book says thou shall not kill and that law didn't come with an exception.
Posted by lovely on 11-01-2018
conniemac
Death penalty should not be abolished. I understand that it’s sort of barbaric and against the law if God but it is implemented to protect a larger group, a community against those who are not afraid to commit crimes. They say that everybody deserves a second chance but when someone commit a heinous crime i don’t think the offender deserves a second chance
Posted by conniemac on 11-02-2018
Focusedwriter10
Death sentence should not be abolished. Abolishing the punishment is one way of encouraging those who are into terrible crimes like terrorists, thugs, killers, rapists and drug dealers. Although the punishment can be replaced with life imprisonment like in our country, some situations just require this form of punishment to serve as a lesson to others. How many lives does drug dealers claim? How about those who rape and kill? Let's not forget terrorists and those who steal and kill. In my view, they also deserve to be killed.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-03-2018
Denis_P
I’m completely against the death penalty for one reason and one reason only: you can never be 100% sure that the person you’re convicting is actually guilty. I mean obviously there are situations where you find a bunch of dead bodies in a serial killer’s house, but it almost never happens that way. Investigators might think that they’ve nailed a murderer because they’ve pieced a bunch of evidence together, sentence him to death, and then new DNA evidence reveals that someone entirely different committed the crime. Too many innocent people have been sentenced to death, and that’s why I’m against it.
Posted by Denis_P on 11-05-2018
ajahcuizon
I am not quite sure on which side I would want to choose as both of them makes sense for me. Both agreeing and disagreeing, has one goal and that is to make our world a better place. It is just about on how you will compromise with the ways you choose on making it. But I would still choose to agree that death penalty should not be abolished to scare people on planning to do something bad. What I could suggest is, people with authority should study the grounds of its effectivity and make sure that it is still in the right part of the decision.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-05-2018
theresajane
As they say, "the end does not justify the means." Though many people may think that it is only right to give them a death penalty for the grave sins that they committed, it is still wrong to kill a person. whatever reason there is, whatever benefits that it'll bring to society. It's never right to end the life of a person. Just give him a lifetime imprisonment.
Posted by theresajane on 11-06-2018
anchoreztin
I have read an article about a statistics on botched death penalty. The results are truly horrifying. The sentenced were able to suffer so much during their verdict. It was really scary. For me, I agree that death penalty should be completely abolished. This is a very sensitive topic especially for the people who are directly affected by it. I believe if a crime is really that bad, a lifetime of being imprisoned will be sufficient as punishment. A lifetime of no freedom is not an easy thing to have.
Posted by anchoreztin on 11-06-2018
Corzhens
The problem with death penalty is the imperfect judicial system. What if the convicted person is terminated by the authorities for the crime attributed to him and later on the verdict was reverted due to some mistakes? The convict was already dead and you cannot bring him back to life. But if the judicial system will have no loopholes then I guess the death penalty is just fine for those who committed heinous crimes.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-06-2018
mcnasci24
I agree. The real problem is the judicial system, as it might wrongly convict someone that is innocent. If there was a way to make the judicial system completely safe, the death penalty wouldn't seem so dangerous. Many people use the argument of violated human rights to justify the abolishment of death penalty, but if any individual committed such a horrendous crime to "deserve" the death penalty, they greatly violated someone else's human rights, so a fitting punishment would be in order. Also, having the death penalty as a possible conviction might dissuade criminals from committing terrible crimes.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-11-2018
mosesoscar
When people face death penalties, the execution serve as a deterrant to those who would want to engage in like crimes in the future;on this ground I'd say that capital punishments should not be abolished. But what about the moral part of it? Making someone a murderer in order to repay a murderer? Trying to use two wrongs to make a right. And one night argue that it is right, since the executioners are adhering to an instituted law; but what are these laws based on? Is it right for the government to institute a law that takes lives, lives that they cannot institute laws to give in the first place?. And what of cases where there is injustice and the wrong person is executed? What, then will the remedy be, can there be justice for such injustice when the dead is forever dead? And, does capital purnishemnt always achieve the aim or correction and deterrent? The answer is an obvious no

I think capital punishments should be abolished
Posted by mosesoscar on 11-07-2018
Em14
It's hard to accept death penalties because some innocent people may sentence to death and it's hard for them to defend their self because they are inside the jail. But living in a place where there's a lot of bad people and violence is everywhere makes us think to have the penalties that they deserve. A lot of innocent people including children is a victim of violence and abuse and the number is increasing. We have to fight that someday the young and innocent people will live peacefully.
Posted by Em14 on 11-09-2018
Anonymous
The death penalty is dangerous. Too many mistakes are made. Also, there is a Christian religious martyr in my family line. Fast forward to the way it was prononced on Asia Bibi. It is all too easy to extend the death penalty beyond those guilty of less than murder or who have different religious beliefs. Even when a freind of mine was raped and killed I could not feel the death penalty was the answer. Life imprisonment shoud always be the best option unless there are mitigating circumstances. Too may innocent people have died because they were pronounced guilty and DNA later proved them innocent.
Posted by Anonymous on 11-09-2018
mcnasci24
I think that the death penalty is a very precarious sentence. If there is a mistake, an innocent might have been sentenced to death. Nevertheless, having such a sentence accepted by law might also discourage criminals from committing certain crimes, and it could serve as an example. In this type of questions, there is not an easy answer, a simple yes or no. There are cultural, social, political and philosophical debates that must occur first.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-11-2018
superlicca
I believe that the death penalty should not be abolished. I agree to have a death penalty but only to those who committed terrible crimes. I believe that killer, rapist, and murderer should be killed.
Posted by superlicca on 11-13-2018
gerlon
I think that taking of someone's life is a mortal sin. People are all the same before the eyes of God and every citizen has the right to live and freedom to choose life that he wants. But what laws that should prevail? The law of God or the Law of the Land. Many had said that the law of the land is the same as the Law of God. Though only God which has the highest authority to decide who will live and die. But the law of the land dictates the government in authority to create laws that would strengthen public law and order. Logically, there is what we called "Retribution" a punishment that is considered to be morally right and fully deserved. For this. I will disagree that death penalty should be abolished. However, if there is a compelling reasons to abolish it, then there must be an alternative law that would punish all the criminals.
Posted by gerlon on 11-13-2018
romy_ter
I totally agree that its okay for death penalty. Why would you against or be worried about it if you know you are not going to do something bad things that against law? These is something to warned everyone that we live in free country but not to take advantage to anyone but to live fair to all. If people will think that its not good as punishment for the criminals fault, they will still think to do bad things again, because they know they can still get out in time to jail, they can pay, and do it again.
Posted by romy_ter on 11-15-2018