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A good percentage of death row inmates are likely to have been charged unfairly and therefore death penalty denies the victims a chance to prove their innocence. Secondly, the state should serve as a good example by not killing. Thirdly, the society implicitly runs a greater risk during death penalties especially when an innocent person is involved. Such executions are usually a cover up for more serious issues affecting the society.
For instance, a human rights activist may be framed for murder and is executed during death penalty. In such an instance, the society loses largely. Using utilitarian ideology, it is better to jail murder suspects for life and pay for that cost for the greater-good of the society and most importantly, to give the victim a chance to prove their innocence. Therefore, it is more rational to opt for a lifetime jail as opposed to death penalty. The society will pay the price of maintaining the victim in jail but offer a chance for incent victims to prove their innocence. Additionally, and most importantly, it will also deter murder since no one will be willing to spend the rest of their lifetime in
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According to the opinions of different theorists in the past, the death penalty could in earlier times be considered as a significant measure that could prevent crimes from taking place within a society. This is primarily because individuals committing dreadful crimes if punished with the death penalty could act as an intimidation for other individuals.
The researcher state that he crimes that may lead to a death penalty vary from one country to another and from one religion to another. Same case applies to the methods of carrying out the execution. Some of the crimes that can warrant a death penalty are murder, treason, rape, terrorism, and even adultery in the Muslim religion.
At the beginning of the 20th century, nearly all countries practiced some form of capital punishment, but it is no longer used in most countries (Stearman, 2007). The benefits and drawbacks of the death penalty are debated widely. Can it ever be justified?
In US, many states still continue with death penalty laws. Supreme Court suspended capital punishment during period 1972-76; however, that was resurrected after that. The paper explores why capital punishment should be abolished. US Death Penalty History The below mentioned table depicts death execution history in last few decades in US.
Although death penalty is a very harsh punishment but it is helpful in reducing the crime rate in any part of the world. Death penalty injects a sense of fear into the minds of the criminals, which makes them think twice before planning to commit any sort of violent crime.
In his opinion, “Equality is morally less important than justice and justice is independent of distributional inequalities” (Van den Haag). It is a fact that many of the criminals who committed serious offenses escaped from death penalties whereas criminals who committed less serious crimes forced to accept death penalty.
Their agony tends to last for decades. The solution is to abolish the death penalty, and not in improved and swifter executions(Bannister, 2008, p. 167).
Over a period of 200 years, the approach to executions has