What are your thoughts on the death penalty?
It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. The death penalty is discriminatory. It is often used against the most vulnerable in society, including the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and people with mental disabilities. Some governments use it to silence their opponents.
What do critics of the death penalty believe?
Opponents of the death penalty being legal argue that the punishment is cruel and unusual, and, thus, unconstitutional, that innocent people are put to death for crimes they did not commit, and that the penalty is disproportionately applied to people of color.
What is the public opinion on capital punishment?
Results of the survey indicate that 58.8 percent of the respondents favored capital punishment, 30.8 percent were opposed, and 10.4 percent were undecided. The results from the 1973 nationwide Harris poll were almost identical to theses results.
Does death penalty Save money?
Many people assume that the state saves money by employing the death penalty since an executed person no longer requires confinement, health care, and related expenses. But in the modern application of capital punishment, that assumption has been proven wrong.
What are benefits of death penalty?
Capital punishment is arguably the greatest deterrent to criminals and potential criminals. Many would agree with me that many people would be deterred from committing certain heinous crimes if they knew the punishment for the crime would be death. Human beings naturally fear to die.
What is the pros and cons of death penalty?
The death penalty can provide families of victims with some closure, which may help them to deal with their suffering. Without the death penalty, some criminals would continue to commit crimes. It deters prisoners who are already serving life sentences in jail from committing more serious offenses.