Our FCIQ class had an in class debate regarding the issue of the death penalty. The class was divided into two groups, those who were in favor of the death penalty and those who went against it. I was part of the group who had to argue in favor of the death penalty. The first time you hear the words “death penalty” they sound strong and frightening the thought of being penalized with your own death. Although it may seem an extreme means of providing justice to the victims or the family of the victim, it is sometimes the moral thing to do in order to punish the actions of the criminal. As a group we presented three arguments in order to back up out stance regarding the issue.
- Should we pay higher taxes in order to sustain the lives of criminals?
- The death penalty proves to be less expensive than life imprisonment. When you analyze how the government funds these prisons, you reach the conclusion that the government is supplied with funds through the taxes of its people. Meaning we, as citizens are responsible of paying higher taxes in order to maintain criminals alive in prison. Do you believe this to be fair? Giving our own money to those who don’t deserve it at all?
- It provides closure for victims:
- There are many victims of a single murderer. The criminal gets caught, tried and convicted, and it is understood that the punishment will be severe.
- The murderer has deprived his family and friends of a love one. Their grief may not end with the murderer’s execution, but the execution does engender a feeling of relief at no longer having to think about vengeance.
- Death Penalty lowers crime rates:
- If people see what could happen to them if they commit a murder then crimes would decrease in fear of the death penalty. Most people fear death and this is a rational example to demonstrate people that crimes are not worth committing.
- Suffering becomes Elongated
- Human Rights Violation
- Religious Opposition
- Criminals Deserve a Second Chance
In conclusion, capital punishment could be argued that the justice system makes no provision in response to the crime of murder and thus provides no justice for the victim.