Life Imprisonment Vs Death Penalty Essay Topics


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Capital punishment is the death penalty given by the government of a country, to people who have committed hideous crimes like homicide, rape, etc. Death penalty has been a way of punishing people since ages. Although there are some countries that have abolished death penalty from their law, there are still many which still practice the act of killing a person for crime. Death penalty is prevalent in the US, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Some of the ways of executing criminals are hanging, shooting, electrocution and giving lethal injections.

People have different opinions on the issue of death penalty given to a convict. While some think that death penalty is necessary for those who have committed a terrible crime, there are others who consider it as an immoral act that goes against the values of humanity.

Advantages:
1.A person who has committed a crime like killing or raping another person should be given death penalty, which is as severe punishment as the act. It is said that when a criminal is given a death penalty, it dissuades others in the society from committing such serious crimes. They would refrain from such crimes due to fear of losing their lives. This would definitely help in reducing crime rate in society.
2.If a criminal is jailed, he may again commit the same crime after being released from prison. Giving him death penalty would make sure that the society is safe from being attacked by criminals. It seems to be an appropriate punishment for serial killers and for those who continue to commit crimes even after serving imprisonment.
3.Some believe that instead of announcing life imprisonment for the convicts, where they would have to live a futile life behind closed bars, it is better to kill them. It is said that imprisoning someone is more expensive than executing him. Rather than spending on a person who may again commit terrifying crime, it is better to put him to death.
4.Death penalty is equated as revenge for pain and suffering that the criminal inflicted on the victim. Some people strongly believe that a person who has taken the life of another person does not have a right to live. Sentencing such a criminal can give relief to the family members of the victim that their loved one has obtained justice.
5.It is also important for the safety of fellow prison inmates and guards, as people who commit horrifying crimes like murder are believed to have a violent personality and may, in future, attack someone during imprisonment. These reasons emphasize the importance of death penalty for the safety and betterment of human society.

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Thank you for the PM reply, in future please respond to questions from the argument in the argument to decrease voter confusion. Also please write your own argument for round 3, instead of copy/pasting a section of one found at buzzle.com as you did for round 2 (1).


Key problems with the death penalty:
  1. "It's too lenient. There's always the possibility of reincarnation." -comedian David Rasche (2).
  2. It is applied with inequity. When O.J. Simpson was accused of a double murder, he fled with a powerful hand gun, a large sum of cash, and a ready disguise. Having massive amounts of money to put into the legal system saved his life.
  3. It is far too often the innocent convicted. Take the recent Amanda Knox trial (3). A woman accused of murder and presented to the jury with many Ad Hominem attacks, two years later acquitted, and now Italy wants her back for a third trial. This proves a lack of reliability in the system, which has deadly results if the death penalty is used.
  4. Further inequality via politics. Take The Guildford Four (likely best known for the movie In The Name Of The Father), where police literally labeled evidence not to be shown to the defence. After his release eventual, one survivor stated "they gave me £546,000 - for taking me, torturing me and framing me; taking my father, torturing him and having him die in prison; then leaving me sinking in the quicksand of my own nightmares" (4).

Expanding #4 above: If the defense in any trial is denied access to key details, those who know of this denial are involved in the fate of the accused. If any of the accused are falsely convicted and die early (for the sake of fairness, we can lower this standard to "are executed"), those involved in the framing are now guilty of knowing involvement in a murder (I shall not accuse the executioner). A prosecutor who finds a key fact for the defense, but withholds it is also guilty of murder should the innocent accused die as a result of their manipulation of the system to secure a win.

We know this abuse of the system is regular, even if usually less public. How often is someone found to have framed someone else of a third-party crime, sentenced even equal to the punishment of their victim(s)?


Sources:
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(2) http://youtu.be...
(3) http://www.nytimes.com...
(4) http://www.telegraph.co.uk...

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