There is no gray area with the Death Penalty. Death or life. Nothing in-between. After decades of thought I am yet to reach a decision as to how I feel about capital punishment.
Does society have the right to take the life of a fellow human? Or are some acts so evil that death for the perpetrator is just? This is the nub of the issue, but deeper consideration only makes the dilemma more complicated.
- There is the question of what offenses should warrant the death penalty.
- The chances are that, over time, innocent persons are mistakenly executed.
- More chillingly there is also the possibility of innocent persons being deliberately executed.
- It takes a great deal of tax-payers’ money to keep a prisoner for life, money which could well be spent on keeping other people alive.
- Without the death penalty would the deterrent for serious crime be eroded?
- In the case of murderous dictators, for example, would it not be preferable to execute them, rather than leave the possibility open for their influence to remain and fester, perhaps causing more hardship and death.
- What about euthanasia?
Is there any evidence to suggest that countries with the death penalty experience less serious crime than those with? Sadly there appears to be no compelling evidence either way, there are too many other factors involved. However it could perhaps be argued that countries without the death penalty do not experience significantly higher rates of serious crime.