A method of punishment which was once used on our very own soil now deemed to be an unethical mode of punishment.
One of the key aims of punishment is ‘retribution’. A principle which allows the offender to fit the crime he has committed, however, if an individual has killed someone, how then can life behind bars be certified as ‘retribution’. Of course, by life we mean he will be let out of prison someday, wouldn’t he? Is a life sentence really even a life sentence? This is beside the point as a full time life sentence where an individual does not see the outside of a prison wall can still not be considered as a sufficient form of punishment for an individual who has committed an act of murder.
The crime murder is one that must not be taken likely. The ever so increasing crime rate for murder shows us that more needs to be done in regards to decrease the crime rate? How then can this be done? We must first look at why the crime rate is so high. There are numerous factors as to the reasoning behind why murders are carried out by individuals, however, from a legal perspective; we need to consider what can be done from a legal point of view.
Does the answer lie in ‘deterrence?’ By increasing the punishment of the crime, an individual may think twice as to carrying out a crime of murder. Not only would this decrease the amount of crimes, it would make us value the importance of our lives.
The topic of capital punishment is a grey area, with several arguments for and against, with the most challenging argument against it being ‘the execution of the wrong offender’. I believe that the punishment for the crime should only be carried out with hard evidence, with a hundred percent assurance that it is the right individual; even if there is a slight chance that it may have been another individual, the risk should not be taken. We must remember that one of the aims of the punishment of the crime is ‘deterrence’. The offence of the crime is to deter people to commit, after all the less crimes in society, the safer we are?
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