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.

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However, is the death penalty more of a deterrent than a life sentence? Society is brutalised by the death penalty, which increases the likelihood of murder. The American states with the highest murder rates all employ the death penalty.  The fear of the death penalty does not reduce the murder rate.

The idea of retribution has its basis in Exodus 21:23-24, ‘You are to take life for life, eye for eye. When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. Only the taking of the murderer’s life restores the balance. Just as the Evangelium Vitae states, ...

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