Do you believe in capital punishment?  Do you think it's wrong? Why? Are there any benefits? Suppose you killed an innocent person by accident, how would you feel? Let's take a scenario...

Do you believe in capital punishment? 

Do you think it's wrong?

Why?

Are there any benefits?

Suppose you killed an innocent person by accident, how would you feel?

Let's take a scenario like the person called Reggie Clemons who was accused

of killing the Kerry sisters in 1991. He was on death penalty and said the 5th amendment over 10 times in court search up his story on Google.

 

Expert Answers
pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here on eNotes, we request that you ask one question per post.  Therefore, I will answer one of your questions and, in doing so, I hope to help you answer another of the questions for yourself.

There are a number of benefits to capital punishment, at least in the eyes of people who support the practice.  I will list the main supposed benefits and allow you to make your own decision as to whether you support the death penalty.  The benefits are:

  1. It deters people from murdering others.  The idea here is that a person who is contemplating murdering someone will be less likely to actually go through and kill if there is capital punishment.  If you know that you could be killed as punishment for killing, you will not be so willing to kill.
  2. It prevents murderers from killing anyone else.  If we imprison murderers, they can at the very least kill another inmate or a guard.  They might even escape and kill a civilian.  If we execute them, they will never kill again.
  3. It brings about closure and a feeling of justice for the families of murder victims.  The families of victims have been terribly harmed and have had their lives shattered.  By executing the person who killed their loved one(s), we help them to regain their lives and some measure of happiness.  We save them from having to go around knowing that their loved one is dead while the killer is still on this earth.
  4. It makes people more likely to believe that our society cares about its people and its laws.  Societies are only able to remain cohesive if the people believe that their society is likely to protect them and that it cares about making people follow its rules.  When we execute murderers, we show all the members of our society that we really care.  We are willing to kill people who defy our most important rules.  This means that capital punishment helps keep our society together and stable.

Many people believe in some or all of these benefits.  Do you believe in them?  If so, do you think that they outweigh any ways in which you might think that capital punishment is bad?