The death penalty is a punishment of execution for individuals committing capital crimes. Overall, 58.8 percent of respondents are in favor of capital punishment. 30.8 percent opposed, and 10.4 percent were undecided.
Proponents of the death penalty believe it should stay legal for those convicted of serious crimes. Supporters of the death penalty strongly agree that it’s a deserved punishment for horrible crimes, as well as a deterrent to capital crimes. Further arguments state it provides closure to families of a victim, by receiving justice that fits the crime in order. Lastly, the death penalty helps ease the overpopulation in prisons. Ensuring that less amount of tax payers' money goes towards individuals that acted against society in a violent way.
Opponents of the death penalty believe it is cruel and immortal, believing a human's life is valuable and everyone has the right to live. Human rights activists argue that the death penalty is a form of revenge, and revenge is not necessarily about social justice. According to the activists, the death penalty discriminates against minorities and the poor. Claiming these groups of people are more likely to be sentenced to death. Also stating, there is no proof death penalty has a strong deterrent effect. Objectors stated it costs more money to execute a prisoner, rather than keeping them in a jail cell.
I believe the death penalty should stay legal. Those offenders who get sentenced to death had done something extreme to get that punishment. Victims' families should get the justice they believe they deserve.
Do you think the death penalty should be legal?
Do you think specific groups are targeted?