Capital punishment or life in prison?
by MrPhil21 on February 16, 2015 - 1:56pm
The article “Most Canadians support the death penalty: poll” published on February 9th, 2012 by the Montreal gazette shows that 1,002 Canadians filled out an online survey if they do support capital punishment. Results show that 61% of Canadians support the death penalty while 34% don’t. According to pollsters, while Canadians support capital punishment, has been dropped to consideration when given the choice of life imprisonment. The poll was mostly found in Quebec by 45%, while Ontario has 32% and B.C. has 24% from their oppositions. 75% of them agree that that were “concerned” of the possibility of a wrongful conviction that leads to execution. However Canadians that do support the death penalty agreed that it should be for the crimes of murder. It brings to the question, if we execute criminals, would that make us the murderers as well?
I would say that it is unethical to support the death penalty because even though what they did was wrong and their principles are immoral, they still have humanistic that the government cannot take away. Infarct I definitely agree on the fact that people would decide to go for life imprisonment, as people say “prison is Hell on earth”. Not to say that they deserve to rot in a hellish place but to make a suggestion to them that what they did to society is wrong and that they have a whole life sentence to think about they did. Of course some argue that most prisoners consider each other to be in the same predicament, and treat other in respect. But one thing, there still locked up, and despair their lack of freedom. We can imagine the life for Zacarias Moussaoui, who got caught a month before the September 11 attack, when he was saved from death.
For example, in the united states justice system, at least ‘32 states practice it, due to that three states have repealed the death penalty” (Alex Greyson). Other could argue that it is necessary to have capital punishment to punish the one that hurt this society so much that they don’t deserve to live. Of course I don’t blame them but, if society decides that murder is too barbaric, the state would have to “restrain” itself when the opportunity of murder it given (Alex Grayson). When dealing with the worst, the state should not even considered to have an “eye for an eye” mentality (Alex Grayson). The state would be obligated to be superior to the criminals they caught and prisoned. The death penalty would make the state the murderers than the criminals.
In conclusion, capital punishment should be changed to life imprisonment, since I believe capital punishment is unethical. I fell people should ask themselves again if we execute a criminal, would that make us murderers as well, and is life imprison enough for criminals to suffer the consequences?
Montrealgazette. The Gazette, "Most Canadians support return of death penalty: poll." Postmedia news. Thursday, Febuary 9 2012
Grayson, Alex. "Capital Punishment is Simply Unethical" clarkscarlet.com, November 7 2014.