An argument against the use of capital punishment to stop crime

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An argument against the use of capital punishment to stop crime

First a reminder of the basic argument behind retribution and punishment: Each criminal should get what their crime deserves and in the case of a murderer what their crime deserves is death.

The measure of punishment in a given case must depend upon the atrocity of the crime, the conduct of the criminal and the defenceless and unprotected state of the victim. Justice demands that courts should impose punishment befitting the crime so that the courts reflect public abhorrence of the crime.

Singh, Supreme Court of India, in the case of Dhananjoy Chatterjee Many people find that this argument fits with their inherent sense of justice. But to argue like that demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of what that Old Testament phrase actually means.

An argument against the use of capital punishment to stop crime

In fact the Old Testament meaning of "an eye for an eye" is that only the guilty should be punished, and they should punished neither too leniently or too severely. Top Deterrence Capital punishment is often justified with the argument that by executing convicted murderers, we will deter would-be murderers from killing people.

The more the legal process distances the punishment from the crime - either in time, or certainty - the less effective a deterrent the punishment will probably be. Cardinal Avery Dulles has pointed out another problem with the deterrence argument.

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Executions, especially where they are painful, humiliating, and public, may create a sense of horror that would prevent others from being tempted to commit similar crimes In our day death is usually administered in private by relatively painless means, such as injections of drugs, and to that extent it may be less effective as a deterrent.

Sociological evidence on the deterrent effect of the death penalty as currently practiced is ambiguous, conflicting, and far from probative. Avery Cardinal Dulles, Catholicism and Capital Punishment, First Things Some proponents of capital punishment argue that capital punishment is beneficial even if it has no deterrent effect.

If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims.

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I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call. But there are many examples of persons condemned to death taking the opportunity of the time before execution to repent, express remorse, and very often experience profound spiritual rehabilitation.

Thomas Aquinas noted that by accepting the punishment of death, the offender was able to expiate his evil deeds and so escape punishment in the next life. This is not an argument in favour of capital punishment, but it demonstrates that the death penalty can lead to some forms of rehabilitation.

Prevention of re-offending It is undeniable that those who are executed cannot commit further crimes. Although there have been cases of persons escaping from prison and killing again, these are extremely rare.

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The offender may no longer be a danger to the public, but he remains a danger to prison staff and other inmates. Execution would remove that danger. This is a rather flimsy argument, because every family reacts differently. Top Incentive to help police Plea bargaining is used in most countries.

This is a very feeble justification for capital punishment, and is rather similar to arguments that torture is justified because it would be a useful police tool.Jul 31,  · Arguments against capital punishment. Crimes other than murder do not receive a punishment that mimics the crime - for example rapists are not punished by sexual assault, and people guilty of.

Dec 14,  · The arguments against retribution. Capital punishment is The more the legal process distances the punishment from the crime - either in time, or certainty - the less effective a deterrent the.

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The ACLU’s opposition to capital punishment incorporates the following fundamental concerns:The death penalty system in the US is applied in an unfair and unjust manner against people, largely dependent on how much money they have, the skill of their attorneys, race of the victim and where the crime took place.

Published: Mon, 5 Dec Capital punishment is defined as execution as a punishment for a person convicted of committing a crime. This form of punishment is usually perceived in the United States as being reserved for crimes such as aggravated murder, felony murder, and contract killing, but in reality the application of capital punishment varies widely.

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