The global society has to face one of the greatest and the most controversial problems ever – death penalty. It has always been very brutal way of penalizing villains. That is why there is a huge number of people vowing to stop meting out those harsh sentences. Others, who don’t even realize how such a punishment may look like, are arguing for it, but they are wrong. Nowadays, in XXI century, people should realize that the time of barbarity has gone and there is no longer room for death penalty.
I am inclined to believe that capital punishment is not an effective deterrent. To the best of my knowledge, the USA, where the death penalty exists, has a far higher murder rate than Great Britain, where there is no capital punishment. What is more, in none of the 30 countries, in which that kind of penalty was abolished, an increase of murders was not reported.
As I have already mentioned above, capital punishment belongs to times when every kind of penalty was cruel and humankind was much less civilized. The destruction of human life is simply wrong, not to mention the fact, that it has never solved the problem of violence. And even if some people say that hardened criminals cannot be reformed, such a step always makes a great harm on the whole society.
I personally believe that in the countries where death penalty exists, judges are very often afraid of convicting someone innocent. Because of their fear of being wrong, many criminals escape punishment. The other way round – if there is no capital punishment, judges are much less afraid to send somebody to prison, even if it is a life penalty.
On the other hand, if a jury makes a mistake, which is quite often, it cannot be reversed. It seems to me that a civilized society should not take such risk. What is more, a life of some criminal cannot compensate for crime that was committed. It also violates villain’s right to live. Because there is no proper definition of what human rights are, this topic is still unclear.
I am convicted that the offender should have a chance and possibility to compensate to the victim’s family with his or her own income. In fact, one can do more alive than dead. By working, such a person can pay back society. Thus, there is no reason for the criminal to receive any money for their work. To put it briefly, they can work for free for the rest of their lives, because money has no value in prison.
Contrary to popular belief, imprisonment costs less than the execution. It was proven that the cost of apparatus and the whole legal machinery is far more expensive than life sentence, not to mention the fact that prisons can bring much income by forcing criminals to work.
Pondering over the problem, we may come to the conclusion that death penalty should be canceled out in countries, where such law still exists. At first sight it is not so simple for us to reject capital punishment, but as we examine the whole problem, we start to be convinced that the road to peace is not paved with blood. People should realize that murder does not bring peace. It brings only the silence of death.