is administered when an individual is convicted of committing serious crimes where people were killed. The
is a very heated topic. Arguments are made through moral, economic, and practical perspectives. Many points,
as whether the
both ways by research, making the
a very complex and difficult topic. The
_s many arguments provide for two clear sides, and while both sides have very valuable data and extensive points, in my opinion, the
should not be abolished.
, the execution of the murderer serves as an act of
. According to
, Edward Feser, PhD, and Joseph M. Bessette, PhD, stated the following in their article “Why the
Is Still Necessary” at The Catholic World Report website: “In another way, to sentence the most brutal and conscienceless murderers to less than
would fail to do
– presumably a long period in
– would be grossly disproportionate to the heinousness of the crime. Prosecutors, jurors, and the loved ones of
essential point…” The decision on whether or not there should be an execution
has an immense impact on the victim_s loved ones. The suffering of the victim_s family is immeasurably increased, knowing that the person who murdered their family member and who, in many cases, inflicted unimaginable terror – is alive and being cared for. Of course, putting the murderer to
doesn_t bring back their loved one, but it sure does provide some sense of
, the society doesn_t have the duty to pay for a murderer_s whole
in jail. It is very expensive to hold someone in
. On average, prisoners stay in
for 30 to 40 years at a cost of $40,000 to $50,000 per year. It seems unfair that we taxpayers are paying for a psychopathic killer_s living expenses.
Many opponents of capital
believe that killing murderers is the same as
, and that eliminating them would be
on behalf of the victim_s family.
, people often confuse retribution with revenge. Vengeance signifies inflicting harm on the offender out of anger because of what he has done. Retribution is the rationally supported theory that the criminal
fitting the gravity of his crime.
People who support the abolition of the
argue that keeping murderers alive sanctifies the value of human
. But the opposite is true. Keeping every murderer alive cheapens human
because it belittles
. Society teaches how bad an action is by the
it metes out. Imagine that the
were the same as the
for driving over the speed limit. Wouldn_t that disparage
and thereby devalue the importance of one_s
Other arguments against capital
include the claim that an innocent person may be executed.
argument may be sincerely held, it_s not entirely honest.
assertion implies that opponents of capital
even when there is absolute proof of the
guilt. And now, with DNA testing and other advanced forensic tools, it is virtually impossible to execute an innocent person.
In conclusion, the
should not be abolished because it shows the hand of
to the worst criminals, like terrorists.
, it is certainly ridiculous that we have to pay for a convict_s
while we can just get rid of the threat imposed by him with execution.
, the debate over the
will surely continue as more research is done and new information is available.
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