Essay about The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

884 Words Jul 17th, 2016 4 Pages
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 these violent criminals will ever escape, or kill anyone else again. But as long as these criminals are kept in a maximum secure prison, under heavy guard we do not have to worry about them harming another person or escaping. Someone recently asked me “if a serial killer murdered a loved one of mine, what would I want to happen to that individual?” I told them “I would want the person dealt with by the law but not to the extent of the death penalty.” In my opinion every person can change and every person can become remorseful. 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…

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