The Importance Of Capital Punishment In Britain

1768 Words 8 Pages
Register to read the introduction… In 1965 the murder rate was approximately 6.8 per million of the population, and by 2002 this figure had more than doubled to 16.6 per million of the population, suggesting that capital punishment may have been a good form of punishment. In addition to these figures, it turns out most of the population believe the death penalty should be brought back. From a poll conducted in August 2002, 59% of people said that it should be reintroduced, with just 34% disagreeing. Ipsos MORI, the second largest market research company in the United Kingdom, have asked people on four different occasions over the past 24 years whether they believe the death penalty should be reintroduced; they consistently concluded that at least three quarters of the respondents thought that the death penalty could sometimes be justified. With murder levels being high and the public opinion on the matter static, this is a reason that the government should reconsider their policy on capital punishment in the United Kingdom.

Despite the statistics, many people believe that murderers should be rehabilitated and learn from their mistakes as opposed to just being killed. This is mainly because they believe that human life is valuable, and no matter the crime a criminal should not be murdered as punishment. Without the possibility of rehabilitation and reconciliation,
…show more content…
Capital punishment reinforces the ‘eye for an eye’ mentality, though some would suggest that in order for civilization to advance that mentality needs to be changed. It can also be about setting the right example for society and showing them that revenge only ever makes matters worse, and that it is hypocritical for the state to kill somebody because they killed somebody …show more content…
(N.D). Arguments Against Capital Punishment. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from BBC Ethics: http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/capitalpunishment/for_1.shtml
Berman, G. (2005, November 2005). Homicide Rate and The Death Penalty. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from House of Commons Library: http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/SN03805
Death Penalty Information Centre. (N.D). Costs of The Death Penalty. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from Death Penalty Information Centre: http://deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty debatewise. (N.D.). The death penalty should be reinstated in the UK. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from Debatewise: http://debatewise.org/debates/117-the-death-penalty-should-be-reinstated-in-the-uk/
Farlex. (2009). Capital Punishment. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from The Free Dictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/capital+punishment
Flamehorse. (2013, June 1). Arguments For and Against The Death Penalty. Retrieved from Listverse: http://listverse.com/2013/06/01/5-arguments-for-and-against-the-death-penalty/
James, E. (2010, March 10). Don't Dismiss Rehabilitation. Retrieved November 21, 2013, from The Guardian:

Related Documents