Death penalty is an issue which has myriad dimensions. In this OpinionFront article, we will go through some aspects that are related to capital punishment.
As of January 1998, amongst the 50 states in the USA, 38 states and the federal government have implemented death penalty laws. Capital punishment, as it is legally called, is a lawfully imposed death as a punishment for crime. Many countries in the world have provisions for a capital punishment in their legal system, while quite a few do not. Consequently, the debate on whether this form of punishment must be allowed or not is an extremely complicated issue. Moreover, it has created a sort of divide between countries and across cultures.
In this following OpinionFront article, we will deal with the important issues regarding this subject.
Death Penalty―The Why and Why Not
Interestingly, the number of reasons why capital punishment should not be implemented outnumber the former. The argument starts from the fact that killing a human being is unethical. Another opinion is that capital punishment is not used with discretion, especially against the poor and racial, religious and ethnic minorities. Further, if the criminal turns over a new leaf through rehabilitation, it could be good for the society. If, God forbid, an innocent person is given the death penalty, it can be immensely tragic. Finally, the Roman Catholic Church has touted it as not being ‘pro life’. These are the arguments that are in connection with ‘should capital punishment be allowed’.
Judicial Decision Against Death Penalty
With both facets of the issue being put forth in form of debates and arguments, there is yet no consensus on whether death penalty should be allowed or banned. We leave you with this quote that aptly portrays what we need to say.
“Justice will only be achieved when those who are not injured by crime feel as indignant as those who are.” ~ King Solomon.