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Ethical Issue - Death Penalty

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Every day, all over the world, prisoners - men, women and even children - face legal execution. In 2009, eighteen countries carried out executions. Approximately 1500 people were executed. The Death Penalty refers to the killing of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense. There is great debate regarding the issue, some like the late Pope John Paul II consider the death penalty 'cruel and unnecessary'. Others believe that it is only justice being served. An analysis showed that for every inmate who was executed, 7 lives were spared because others were deterred from committing a murder. People fear death, if a person died instantaneously after killing someone, the homicide rate would be lowered dramatically. ...read more.


Mother Teresa, stated 'why do we kill people to show killing people is wrong? The death penalty, just extends the chain of violence. We do not allow torturing the torturer, or raping the rapist, taking the life of a murderer is a similarly inappropriate punishment. The death penalty imposes an irrevocable sentence; once an inmate is executed nothing can be done to make amends if a mistake has been made. For every eight people executed, there has been found one person on death row who never should have been convicted. These statistics represent an intolerable risk of executing the innocent. With the increased safeguards and appeals added to death penalty systems worldwide, the risk of innocent people being executed is extremely rare. ...read more.


Others would consider that whether or not a murderer is remorseful is irrelevant. The murderer had free will. A person who commits such a crime of their own free will, should be subjected to the death penalty. The Death Penalty saves lives, as repeat murders are eliminated. In the past a prison had a man sentenced to life without parole, since being in prison he had committed three murders. There's no more punishment this person can receive, the death penalty is the only solution.Despite every argument in agreement with the death penalty, the church's teaching prevails. Every human life has value, even the worst murderers should not be deprived of the value of their lives. Only god has the right to take away a life, regardless of the nature of the crime or the characteristics of the offender ...read more.

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