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Arguments against the death penalty

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Arguments against the death penalty The opposition to the death penalty developed in America. Edward Livingston articulated many of the classic arguments against the death penalty as early as 1822 in his quest to eliminate death penalty in Louisiana. Although, the classic arguments, pros and cons have been re-examined and refined over the years. A person forfeits his right to life when he kills the death penalty can be viewed as a retributive act. The defendant should be allowed to feel what the defendant himself had put the victim through. The death penalty deters murder and is just retribution. The death penalty deters murder by literally putting the fear of death into 'would be' killers. A person is less likely to do something, if he or she thinks that harm will come to him. ...read more.

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It is a fair trade-off to execute murderers on the chance that innocent lives will thereby be saved. If we only save one precious life, capital punishment is justified. The death penalty ultimately saves precious lives and serves a definite purpose. However in order to serve its purpose it must be adjusted and made more effective and efficient. The world needs a uniform standard for deciding who receives the death penalty, the death penalty should be decided by a jury, the death penalty should become the standard punishment for murder, and the death penalty should be helped to truly deter crime. Fear of death deters people from committing crimes proponent say. They also believe that if attached to certain crimes, the penalty of death exerts a positive moral influence by placing a stigma on certain crimes like manslaughter, resulting in attitudes of disgust and horror to such acts. ...read more.

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The death penalty is indefensible as a way to punish people in a civilized nation. The Prime Minister is further quoted as saying that the region "cannot allow any power to dictate what should be (the) law and what should be the penalties. Well-meaning people can challenge moral and unjust laws from any region, country or tribe and the death penalty is immoral, reprehensible and unjust. Laws supporting Jim Crow or discrimination in the Southern regions of the United States were challenged and questioned by men and women with fortitude, guts and moral outrage. So too must the death penalty be challenged. The Prime Minister made the same mistake that death penalty advocates make, namely that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime. Not only is this argument mistaken, it is not borne out by research. Yes, Mr. Prime Minister, powers higher can, will, and should challenge this unjust, immoral and murderous law and its penalties, from within and without the borders of Jamaica. ...read more.

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