Is it ever justifiable to execute a criminal?

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Is it ever justifiable to execute a criminal?


        “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Is this moral? All over the world debate has been going on whether it is ever justifiable to execute a criminal. Today, one of the most debated issues in the Criminal Justice System is the issue of capital punishment. In my opinion the death penalty, executing criminals is unjust in many ways. I feel this way, as it is not justifiable to kill people. The death penalty is merely saying that the government is above the law. If the people aren’t allowed to kill then why is the government allowed to kill? Capital punishment is uncivilised in theory and unfair.

        The sentence of capital punishment is an expensive barbaric alternative for punishing a criminal. Where does the ignorance stop once it begins? Murder is unaccepted by society and of course by all means this is understandable, yet people seem to pacify themselves by killing criminals? Is this not considered to be murdering? Sentencing a criminal to death does not solve the problems and questions left behind. Parents will still cry for a child that is never coming home, therefore, murdering a criminal is not the solution to the problem.

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        Does the offender even think about the final outcome of their sentence before they commit a crime? Do aggressive criminals stop to think about their own fate, while they choose the fate of somebody else? Before execution was legalised many states felt that having the death penalty would lower violent crime rates. Unfortunately that is not the case. According to the International Debate Education Association,                            

“Higher execution rates can actually increase violent crime rates. California averaged six executions a year from nineteen fifty-two until nineteen ...

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