Capital punishment is one of the most controversial topics for debate. I believe in capital punishment/death penalty and here is why. In the US we make valid arguments that center around the justifications of fairness, retribution, deterrence, economy, and popularity. The death penalty isn’t discriminatory and doesn’t violate the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments as proven in In McCleskey v. Kemp (1987). Executions deter would‐be criminals from committing crimes. It is cheaper for the government to kill murderers than to keep them in prison for the duration of their lives. The few mistakes that are made in carrying out the death penalty are offset by its crime prevention and economic benefits.
Polls show the vast majority of Americans favor the death penalty for murderers. Society has a moral right to punish the most violent criminals by taking their lives. Some violent criminals are vile, wicked persons who deserve to die. I believe that if you are going to commit heinous act of violence and take the lives of others then you should, when convicted, have no problem giving up your rights and life. I also do not believe they should be able to live out there life in prison. I certainly do not want my hard earned money paying for someone to live the rest of their life in prison. They get 3 square meals a day, they get to exercise and enjoy the outdoors, they get to watch TV, read and finish their education.
We have countless homeless people and hungry children in America that that money could be used for. I also feel that if a criminal is sentenced to death then they should be put to death and not get to live out the rest of their life on death row, which again is something the tax payers are paying for. This map shows the legal status of capital punishment in the different states of the U.S. (not yet iincluded is the 2012 abolition in Connecticut and the 2013 abolition in and): Here are the death row numbers, the number of prisoners on death row around the world – the people waiting sometimes for 20 years for their “imminent” execution – is probably close to 15.000. In the U.S., the average length of time spent on death row is 15 years. In 2009, of 3173 death-row prisoners, 113 had been there for more than 29 years.
Capital Punishment in the US: Capital punishment is prevalent in 32 states currently have the death penalty, they are:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
The federal law allows capital punishment for people convicted of treason, espionage, and other homicide-related crimes. In 2012, 43 convicts were executed in 9 states across the US. In the past century, more than 40 women have been executed here. Figures as of April 1, 2012 tell us that 61 women are on the death row. The youngest person executed in the US was George Stinney of South Carolina, in 1944. He was 14 at the time of the execution. The US Supreme Court banned the practice of capital punishment in 1972, but it was later reinstated in 1976. The total number of executions since then has crossed the 1000-mark. Since 1973, 140 people were off the death penalty for being falsely convicted.
In the debate on death penalty, it is obvious to include religion because it forms the basis of our culture and its rules. Since religions talk about faith in the “eternal power” and “creator” who has the ability to create life, we look forward to scriptures in search of what it has to say, when it comes to taking away life. Since religious texts are the ultimate books of wisdom, legal experts, ethicists, and opponents or supporters of death penalty use it to prove their point. Buddhism and Hinduism both oppose any form of violence and preach the path of ahimsa (non-violence). But both religions don’t have any specific rules or laws regarding capital punishment.
Christianity has mixed views on death penalty and Islam has almost total acceptance of death penalty but if forgiveness is possible, it is preferable, as per the teachings of the Holy Qur’an. Almost all the major religions of the world have no fixed stand on the view of capital punishment. It is all ambiguity at the core and this makes the debate on religion and the death penalty more complex, requiring deeper analysis and scholarly research from unbiased experts. If you are in search of a unified theory regarding death penalty and its conjunction with religions, you may end up being