Should The Death Penalty Be Abolished?

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Over the years capital punishment has been a topic of debate. Is it right to take the life of a person who has committed an unforgettable, heinous crime? Or is it right to let violent criminals who take innocent lives live? These are some of the questions that are often asked when it comes to discussing the death penalty. I believe that the death penalty should be abolished because it is a cruel and inhumane punishment for any individual regardless of the type of crime committed. While it may seem justifiable to take a life for a life, in the end no one really wins at all. The victim who lost their loved one is still grieving and now the family of the person who was executed is grieving. However, with executions we no longer have to worry that …show more content…
Supporters of the death penalty have argued that the death penalty is “firm but due justice”(Capital Punishment Should be Abolished). I believe that justice can be served behind bars with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The killing of a human-being is never justified in any situation, and the death penalty is no different. Many will say that the “death penalty is a deterrent to crime”(Capital Punishment Should be Abolished), which is true but so is a life sentence in prison without parole. Both outcomes will make sure that these criminals stay off our streets, the only difference is we don’t need to take a life to do it. When we execute people we become killers, the very people we say that we hate. Executions don’t heal the pain of the hurt and neither do they solve our capital crime rate in …show more content…
They may even feel like the person who hurt their loved one should suffer in the same manner. It can be especially hard when a person shows no type of remorse for the crime they committed. Even though vengeance may seem like the best possible answer, we cannot hold ourselves to the same standards as individual murderers. In my opinion, spending a life sentence in prison is a more harsher punishment than the death penalty. People who are in prison lose a substantial amount of their freedom. They are now subject to the rules and regulations of someone else, which can be a major change for many. Another significant change for people who are in prison is losing freedom to be with family, friends, and the outside world. Unless they come to visit, there may be no contact with the outside world at all besides a phone call. Prison can also give a person the chance to change and become remorseful. They may even be able to help other people in prison change so that they won’t go down the wrong path that they have taken. A supporter of capital punishment may feel like no justice is served when murderers don’t suffer the death penalty, but in actuality justice is served better by life

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