Or, do you feel it is ineffective? Please elaborate on your choice, if you feel strongly one way or the other.
Or, do you feel it is ineffective? Please elaborate on your choice, if you feel strongly one way or the other.
The state is extremely powerful, and even in well-governed jurisdictions, the various elements of the justice system can combine to convict innocent people. There are several well-publicised examples of this in Canada, and I'm sure many more in the US.
It's for this reason, more than anything, that I don't favour capital punishment. I think it is much more important to avoid having the state put an innocent person to death than it is to kill criminals, even if one attempts to limit the death penalty to certain extreme, egregious cases where it is thought that the crime is heinous and guilt is unquestionable.
I read a book a cpl yrs ago that completely changed my view on capital punishment as I had a family member abducted, raped, and murdered, I was fully for it. Until this book which showed me how many men were in the system for years and even with DNA proving their innocence its the legal system that takes forever.
I firmly believe if someone is 100% guilty and all facts presented prove the same and depending on the crime- absolutely.
Child molesters in my opinion are just as guilty as murderers and should be delt as such as rehabilitation has proven to not work. Rapists the same. I definitely don't think marijuana dealers and thiefs need to be lumped in.
Just my opinion ????
If someone killed a person who I loved, I would want to take them in a room and tear them apart. But, I'm happy to live in a society that will not allow me to do that. I'm amazed that so many people are willing to hand over their rights and to put the power of life and death in the power of the state. Of course it is heart breaking to see a murderer having happy days, even though in prison, while the families of victims suffer. I'm not upset that Jeffery Dahmer was killed, but I did not want the state to do it. Life is unfair and killers living a life is not, but we cannot give away our rights. Besides, what if we kill an innocent person who is accused of a crime? There is no such thing as being absolutely sure. People think that they are law abiding and it will never happen to them, but we know too many innocent people have been executed, and of course, one innocent person executed, is one too many.
I am not in favor of it. Most socially progressive countries don't have the death penalty and generally have lower occurrences of violent crimes and repeat offenders. They tend to focus on rehabilitation and prevention rather than an eye-for-an-eye approach.
Only in certain cases of murder, serial rape and other horrific crimes, if it can be reasonably proven with almost full certainty. Especially if they are repeat offenders. Other lesser crimes, or murder that may not have been premeditated, then no. People who were clearly guilty of horrible crimes should be fast tracked, and those with questionable circumstances should not be considered for a permanent solution like death.
anyone who does not favor capital punishment should have their loved ones do two years government service as a prison guard. Someone has to watch these people. You have taken everything away form some of them---given them multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole---you go watch them---they get pissed off and kill a guard---they get an additional life sentence??? Then there is the aspect of they are in jail forever and cannot ever be released---just execute them---anyone who disagrees should have a prisoners life tax applied to them and they should be the ones paying for their jail time, not the general public. Bet their attitude changes if they have to pay for all the privileges the inmates have. Eve read the story about the old folks who commit a crime so they go to jail---get meals and healthcare that they cannot afford on medicare and social security. Now that is a real crime. But I do not believe in capital punishment for shooting political figures---no congressman or senator values his life more than I value mine or yours. If shooting them is a capital offense---then shooting you or me is just as serious to you and me as it is to them and should be addressed equally.
I have a degree and both psychology and criminology. In one of my classes I had to write a paper arguing for or against capital punishment. For this paper I had to read many peer-reviewed articles on this topic. When I started the research for the paper I had intended to write on the side for capital punishment. After reading more articles then I can remember I changed my stance on the subject. One the lessons I learned from my classes is that our criminal justice system is flawed (extremely flawed). Sentencing someone to death is not a simple thing. Even when a person is convicted it will take years for their sentence to be carried out. During that time thousands of dollars are wasted on court fees and appeals processes. In the long run it can cost more to sentence someone to death then it does to house them for the rest of their life.There is a theory applied in some of our laws called deterrence theory. We punish people so that person will be deterred from crime in the future. We also punish people so others will learn from that persons crime. Capital punishment is not effect when in comes to deterrence. Plus there are the moral questions behind capital punishment. Is it really moral to kill someone for killing other people? What about the methods used? Most states were the death penalty is still enforced use lethal injection. Is it truly a painless death? It is really a punishment we should do away with.
This one is simple to me. There is an inherent hypocrisy in the state saying "Thou shalt not kill so we are going to kill you!" Social ills usually create felonious crimes. The penalty society pays for not addressing these social ills adequately is the cost of life-long incarceration, rehabilitation and/or punishment for offenders.
There are a lot of contradictions here. I'm going to stereotype just to make a point. Please forgive me.
Conservatives don't trust the government to do much of anything, except decide who is capital crimes.
Liberals are fine with killing unborn children, but not murderers.
I have personally seen the government bungle almost everything, so I have very little confidence the judicial branch can separate the guilty from the innocent.
And think about the jury process. How would you like to be falsely accused of a capital offense and have a jury full of people who believe in angels, fairies, demons, Adam and Eve, Noah's ark, etc.
It's not a comforting thought.
Capital punishment is state sponsored murder in my view. I find it repugnant that so many assume that somehow justice is being served by killing another human being. First, the death penalty has shown itself not to be a deterrent to capital crime. Second, the death penalty in most cases turns out not to be a punishment but the escape the convicted person was seeking.
I have a plan regarding the issue of capital crime and its punishment. Ask if interested.
It seems the debate boils down to one of details. Flawed system, costs, legal issues and so on. To me the premise should be one of how it affects the community. There are some horrific crimes committed and many serial killers will never be remorseful. I think capital punishment can send a message and should be applied in extreme cases. To eliminate a method of social punishment, I think, limits our response.
I generally view capital punishment as state sponsored murder. However, in certain instances, such as, repeat offenders of serious crimes and Extensive evidence then maybe. Too many innocent people have been jailed for years or decades. If some one is to be executed there must absolute proof of guilt.
I don't believe in killing. Period! We used to think that people who were schizophrenic or bi-polar were possessed by demons or they were witches or their mother had done something wrong. We now know better. We have also learned about double Y chromosome men who have a much higher tendency to violence. I also know that fundamentalist Christians (or of any religious persuasion) are more likely to kill, maim or abuse in the name of their god.
There is also the problem of people being falsely accused and convicted as DNA testing has shown again and again. Blacks are more likely to be targeted and convicted. Watch the documentary, "13th" which refers to the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution.
I read a book about the Jonbenet Ramsey murder. One line in the book struck me forcibly. An attorney said that if you are guilty, get a good attorney but if you are innocent, get the very best attorney you can afford. Police in criminal cases are under a lot of pressure to solve murders as quickly as possible because the general public is fearful. Police often walk into a crime scene under that pressure and start making assumptions and then they build their case to match the evidence they claim they found. That evidence may have been contaminated or the crime scene improperly investigated and those kinds of mistakes and send an innocent person to the electric chair. I am not willing to take that chance. Sending an innocent person to prison ruins their life even if they are exonerated.
My belief is that all of these people need help. To punish them for something they may have no control over seems cruel. We may not yet understand their psycho-pathology but we may at some point. Yes, lock them up to protect society but it is cruel to kill them. We can be better human beings than that. Where is our compassion if we kill them because they killed someone else?
Capital punishment serves one purpose and that is to satisfy the victim's survivors some measure of revenge and "closure". Again, we may well be misunderstanding the convicted person's ability to control their actions. Where is our forgiveness? Where is our compassion? Must we have hate this person because s/he killed a loved one of ours? Does that warrant our rage and need for revenge? Again, I would hope we could be better human beings than that.
Voted against. 20 years ago it was abolished in my country. It became a norm, and If someone speaks in favour of c. Punishment sounds inhumane. On the are hand, there are beast like monsters in the world who never stop killing, what to do with them? I feel confused.
Capital punishment is nothing more than murder by the state. It is not punishment but a twisted form of vengeance and often against a falsely accused individual picked up by police trying to fit the suspect into the crime rather than, doing the real police work of seeking evidence. How many people have been executed for crime they never committed?
When I was younger I was for capital punishment, until I read Caryl Chessman's "Cell 2455, Death Row". It changed my views. There are certainly crimes for which I believe a person should be dead because of, but because the law is so unfairly administered, I'm not prepared to have innocent people killed in my name. I know this might sound odd - but, I'd be all in favor that if a man / woman sentenced to life in prison for murder or sexual crimes against minors wished to end their life rather than spend it in prison, I'd be in favor of providing the means. it'd have to be a coerce-free methodology, which might be problematic in some jurisdictions, but think of the money it would save. Not all people deserve to live. But I don't decide when they'll die. I don't think capital punishment is a deterrent - killers either think they'll get away with it, don't care, or did it in the heat of the moment - no foresight of punishment is applied in any of these cases.
If someone takes another life remorselessly without all reasonable doubt they don't deserve a life themselves and don't deserve the taxpayer paying for their prison existence. That said if they take a life and and do it under the name of religion some want to die as martyrs and therefor should be sent to the worst maximum security prison.