Absolutely not. There are a few different justifications used for the death penalty. One is "social hygiene", ie. the idea that it is good because it gets killers off the streets. So does prison though, so I think in a civilised country that can afford to run prisons (if you're struggling to feed your law abiding population all bets are off) we should lock criminals up instead, giving them a chance to repent and possibly still somehow be of some use to society.
Another justification used is retribution. Someone who murders another human being in cold blood does deserve to die. The thing is that just because someone deserves something doesn't mean you have to give it to them. You can show mercy instead. We don't rape the rapists either. They might deserve it but we don't lower ourselves to their level.
Then there is the argument "well, if it was your mum/sister/husband/whoever who was murdered wouldn't you want the killer to die?" Possibly I would, but that would be an emotional response, not a rational one. You can't run a justice system on emotions.
I think that state sanctioned killing degrades the society that allows it. I believe on some level people who advocate it think this too or executions would still be taking place in broad daylight in the town square instead of behind closed doors at midnight. If you're fine with it, why hide it?
This is a tough question. Jennifer's answer was quite multidimensional. There are persons that are career criminals who have been involved in crime from childhood. Their conversations, entertainment and fashion are DEEPLY centered around criminal acts. Some of these people even endorse and fund others in their bid to commit crime. In addition to this I have heard of some of these people pulling strings from behind bars. Ordering all sort of hits.
I know of persons that have taken into account the possible number of years for specific crimes before they commit them. These guys plan on living big after they have served their time.
In my mind some of them are a REAL THREAT to the society and are therefore better off dead if they are truly found guilty .
On the other hand I have met some responsible elderly men who have admitted have been involved in criminality in their youthful days. However at some point because of some life experience they had decided to put all of that aside. Warning and encouraging younger guys to stay on the straight and narrow.
So its a tough call. Some people will be reformed while others won't until the day they die.
It does not save tax money. It is very, very expensive to execute prisoners. Have a look at what they spend on it in Texas. There is a lengthy appeals process (which there needs to be, because they want to make sure they don't execute innocent people) and cases drag on for years costing far more than housing a prisoner on a life sentence.
No. Not part of the ethos or that our tradition is based upon, but if someone takes a life they should be locked up for life - none of this 20 years and out on probation.
Jennifer has summed it up - beautifully. Thanks Jennifer.
Quite difficult to decide.. I think whatever one's crime may be I wouldn't wish anyone dead unless they knew what they were doing and they were fully well aware of the consequences and caused irreparable loss to someone's life directly or indirectly.
But this kind of reasoning may not occur if I was directly or indirectly affected or a loved one's life ruined by someone's planned or unplanned activities and I happen to know for sure they could have averted the consequences!!
Just so undecided for this question!
May be if I was asked what's my answer about incarcerating or executing a known criminal, who does not fit the bill as a sane human being and a repeat offender with a high possibility of re-offending and indulging in causing danger to others' lives, I think I'd still vote incarceration opposed to capital punishment. Because I'd want them to rot their life in prison than to escape punishment in an instant.
Anyway, I'm unsure how our tax money is saved or spent - by capital punishment people that the law considers unworthy of rehabilitating efforts!
I was typing/editing the below sentence and somehow I shifted the focus and submitted. The line was supposed to be "Anyway, I'm unsure how our tax money is saved or spent - by imprisonment or capital punishment - and considering the variety of imprisonments (regular, high security, solitary confinement, medical/psychiatric wards etc), caring for prisoners' health/well being, feeding them twice/thrice a day and allocating all sorts of resources to them compared to capital punishment undertaken for a person that the society (jury, judicial system and law) considers impossible to rehabilitate!
I do believe in the death penalty if and only if it is proven through DNA that it was the person and no one else could have done the crime. I think anyone who kills for pleasure and enjoys adding torture to the murder should have to go through either the gas chamber or electric chair. I think lethal injection is too easy and nowhere near painful enough. I would pull the switch or drop the poison with out a second thought, if they tortured and murdered someone yes and I wish they would bring it back to Canada. The cost of housing one of these people is far too much. Bring back water and bread and working on a chain gang. The state is far too easy on scum that didnčt give a damn about who they murdered why should they get any easement!
es I do beleive in the death penalty .but only foe exetreme cases, like this idiot from melbourne just recentley, I'm sorry but there is no excuse for what he did! another would be Martin Bryant responsible for those shootings in Tassie, our tax payers money goes on keeping this scum alive in our prisons.