Has the death penalty really served its purpose of being a deterrent to criminals?
When the death penalty was initially introduced, was the death penalty really serving its intended purpose of being a deterrent to criminals? Some may argue that the original penalty for murder was actually “life imprisonment” and this made the punishment more severe and therefore more effective. In other words, people tried to get away with it so they could avoid the death penalty. Others argue that if people truly want to go to jail, then they should have a choice as to how they serve their time – by spending years in prison.
It is difficult to answer these questions because no one can honestly answer them with certainty. Many criminals have confessed to crimes they may not have committed if the death penalty had been in place at the time. One argument that experts give is that criminals see that they will serve time in prison and therefore decide not to commit another crime. But what about those who refuse to confess out of fear of the death penalty?
It seems that many criminals aren’t interested in serving time for their crimes because life in prison is not enough. If the death penalty was still in place, we would have to deal with the problem of a lifetime sentence. Aside from that, criminals aren’t stupid and they know that going to prison for the rest of their lives makes no sense. This is one of the reasons that the death penalty has been restored in some states and eliminated in others. States are now trying to balance these two competing considerations.
As previously mentioned, there are some states that still have the death penalty. While some criminals certainly serve time, many do not. Perhaps they don’t want to spend the rest of their lives in prison. Perhaps they feel that they got away with a crime and they don’t wish to be considered a repeat offender. The death penalty may seem like a harsh punishment to some, but those who agree that it serves a vital purpose for deterring criminals also believe that it is sometimes necessary.
Some also argue that criminals don’t want to spend time in prison because death row would be an uncomfortable situation for them. Many criminals may not want to spend the time in jail that is necessary for executions. Another reason that some criminals may not want to spend time in prison is because they may be scared of what the future holds. Sometimes people fear what they can’t control.
Today, the death penalty is on the forefront of many arguments. People are very vocal about the death penalty. Even the topic of mercy is up for debate.
There are many problems with the death penalty. It creates a biased and incomplete justice system, it violates the equal protection and rule of law, and it does not solve crimes. There are some problems with capital punishment as well. For example, many people argue that the death penalty fails to take full advantage of a defendant’s ability to offer an insanity defense.
As of this writing, there appears to be a death penalty debate. Many people have strong opinions about it. This debate is likely to continue for a very long time. As more details are revealed, opinions will likely change. In the meantime, those who support the death penalty will continue to voice their opinions.
There are many people who strongly believe that criminals need to face the consequences of their actions. They do not agree that the death penalty is the best way to deal with these types of criminals. In fact, some people believe that the death penalty is a form of slavery, because criminals are forced to pay for their crime through their lives. Others simply do not agree that the death penalty is fair, or humane.
Those who are against the death penalty feel that it is an inhumane punishment. They also believe that criminals are being manipulated into killing others. These criminals are given incentives by society to commit more crimes, even though they may actually want to save the life of someone else.
On the other side of the death penalty debate are many who believe it is just. They argue that criminals should receive no punishment other than what they deserve. However, these same people claim that life without parole or imprisonment is often times much worse for a person who has been wrongfully accused of a crime. A death penalty would be considered a reasonable punishment in this case.