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DISCUSS CAPITAL PUNISHMENTgive your opinions towards capital punihsment

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sfstudent | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:20 PM via web

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DISCUSS CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

give your opinions towards capital punihsment

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM (Answer #2)

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My opinion with regard to the death penalty is that it is impossible to administer it fairly.

If the death penalty could be applied fairly, I would be alright with it.  By this, I mean that only people who commit a crime that is terrible enough should be executed.  All people who commit such terrible crimes should be executed, but no one whose crime is less terrible should be.

Now that sounds fine, but we human beings are incapable of judging fairly which crimes deserve the death penalty.  In the US, for example, people who kill whites get the death penalty more than those who kill blacks.  This implies to me that we do not punish people the same way for the same crime -- we seem to think crimes against whites are worse, for example.

Because there is no way to objectively judge which crimes deserve death and which don't, I am not comfortable with the death penalty.

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM (Answer #3)

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My view on the death penalty may not be one that you get to hear often though many have raised it.

I do not think the death penalty serves the intended purpose not because of the fact that it is not administered justly or there are innocents who get the death row while the guilty escape.

Also, the fact that there is a bias in the number of people convicted to face this punishment roughly matches the bias that is present in the number of people who get other forms of punishment.

I would say the death penalty is not justified because it is too easy a form of punishment for the guilty person. As an example, what pain and suffering does a brutal murderer faces if he is executed within a couple of hours. Does the punishment justify what the relatives of the person whom he has killed are going through or what the person who was murdered went through. I wouldn't say it does.

True punishment should be one where the convict is reminded everyday that he had committed an offence which was totally unacceptable. A person made to stay in a cellar for the rest of his/her life, without any contact with others, stare at the blank walls and repent for the crime committed; that would be a real punishment. One that is truly harsh enough.

Prisoners who have to face life solitary confinement often lose their psychological stability, death seems a much easier option but one that is not made available.

The death penalty has also been found to use up a larger amount of tax-payer dollars than life imprisonment.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:18 AM (Answer #4)

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I have legal and personal views on the death penalty, and you did ask for personal opinions.  My main problem with it is that it is irreversible, which is a legal and personal argument.  You cannot bring people back to life.  My favorite quotation on the subject is from The Fellowship of the Ring, when Gandalf and Frodo discuss Gollum.  Frodo suggests that Biblo should have killed Golllum when he had the chance.  Gandalf responds with:

"Many that live deserve death. And some die that deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then be not too eager to deal out death in the name of justice, fearing for your own safety. Even the wise cannot see all ends."

Ever since reading this, my mind always comes back to this argument when I consider the death penalty. 

 

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loveena | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 8, 2011 at 3:46 AM (Answer #5)

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My view on the death penalty may not be one that you get to hear often though many have raised it.

I do not think the death penalty serves the intended purpose not because of the fact that it is not administered justly or there are innocents who get the death row while the guilty escape.

Also, the fact that there is a bias in the number of people convicted to face this punishment roughly matches the bias that is present in the number of people who get other forms of punishment.

I would say the death penalty is not justified because it is too easy a form of punishment for the guilty person. As an example, what pain and suffering does a brutal murderer faces if he is executed within a couple of hours. Does the punishment justify what the relatives of the person whom he has killed are going through or what the person who was murdered went through. I wouldn't say it does.

True punishment should be one where the convict is reminded everyday that he had committed an offence which was totally unacceptable. A person made to stay in a cellar for the rest of his/her life, without any contact with others, stare at the blank walls and repent for the crime committed; that would be a real punishment. One that is truly harsh enough.

Prisoners who have to face life solitary confinement often lose their psychological stability, death seems a much easier option but one that is not made available.

The death penalty has also been found to use up a larger amount of tax-payer dollars than life imprisonment.

I totally agree with you even i think the same...it will be the perfect punishment for them than any death penalty

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imarion | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 3, 2011 at 3:16 AM (Answer #6)

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I have no moral objection to killing criminals, however there seems to be little relation in the USA between actual guilt and who is sentenced to death. In my humble opinion life in prison is less humane than the death penelty, but all of our polititions are walking around free and there are men on death row who do not have the mental capacity to stand trial.torrent sites

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emelie23 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted June 23, 2011 at 12:04 AM (Answer #7)

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he death penalty has always been one of the most hotly debated issues in the United States. As our country grows older and wiser, however, evidence clearly points to the fact that the death penalty is not a good solution. There is no question that killing another person is the most heinous crime that one can commit. I am not sure why, but it seems that our government is being hypocritical when it states that capital punishment is allowable because, after all, the criminal did murder an innocent victim, and therefore should be killed. This is known as the "eye-for-an-eye, and tooth-for-a- tooth theory." Of course, if we used this system all the time, there would be no need for laws. If someone hits me, I would hit him/her back. How simple, we can all be primitive again. A second argument that some people use to support capital punishment is that the fear of being given the death penalty is going to stop criminals from murdering. How many criminals would murder in the first place, even in a state where there is no capital punishment, if they thought there was a chance of getting caught? Most murderers feel that they have a fool-proof plan to get away with murder. Unfortunately, most are right. In response, I believe that the Bill of Rights, specifically the Eighth Amendment, prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. If there is any punishment much crueler than death, please let me know. Torrents

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