What are the most common arguments for and against the death penalty?
The main arguments for the death penalty include:
- The idea that it is a deterrent. In this view, the death penalty frightens people who might otherwise commit murders. They don't want to die so they don't commit murder.
- The idea that it provides justice. This view holds that it is important to punish people in a way that is commensurate with their crimes. Whether it scares anyone else or not, it is just to execute those who commit terrible crimes.
- It keeps society together. It allows people to feel that crimes are punished and that the government protects those who are law-abiding.
The main arguments against the death penalty include:
- It does not deter crime. This argument holds that the death penalty does not scare people from committing crimes.
- It is unjust. This argument holds that the death penalty is most typically given to poor people and/or minorities and is therefore unjustly applied.
- It is immoral. This argument holds that killing people to punish them for their crimes is simply not a moral thing to do.
For the death penalty:
-It deters others from commiting the same crimes for fear of losing their life
-It is often deemed a just punishment- 'an eye for an eye', in this case, a life for a life
Against the death penalty
-By killing, it lowers the law to the level of criminals showing they are no better
-By fighting crime with death it is sending a negative message to the public and saying that killing/violence is permitable