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The question doesn't say what kind of execution.
Judicial execution is the legal killing of a convicted prisioner.
Extrajudicial execution is government sanctioned killing of someone without trial.
There is little to recommend judicial execution; most criminologists agree that it does not serve as a deterrent, Since the condemned have to be afforded every legal opportunity to defend themselves because of the final nature of their punishment it ends up being more expensive than locking prisoners up for life. As I see it the only justification for violence is self-defense and since executing prisoners is unnecessary for society defending itself it can not be justified. Also anything criminals know dies along with them;. When Timothy McVeigh and Saddam Hussein were executed no doubt much information died with them that can never be known; much of this information is of serious importance not only to criminal investigation but history as well. There is no telling what these men might have revealed in the decades to come if they were not killed. Even if you argue their life has no value their knowledge may.
In the area of extra-judicial executions I can see times when they may be necessary when someone poses a clear and present danger but the majority of extra-judicial executions are clandestine operations to silence political opponents. President Obama authorized the killing of an American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki because of his alleged position of power in Al Qaeda. This should certainly be looked into to be sure that this wasn't an abuse of power.
I do understand it. But lets not make it anything more than it is, a primal urge for revenge. The need to see someone who has robbed another of power and life, lose their own. It doesnt actually act as a crime deterrent, and it doesnt actually reduce the mur.der rate (many studies have shown this). Should our need to see others punished allow us to kill another human being? That is a whole other issue. What gives people the right to kill others? Oh, and death sentences are extraordinarily expensive and taxing on the state. I dont have a particularly strong stance on either side. But, lets not make it into something it is not. Lets not use civilized justification for something that is a very basic. It's revenge.
Another good deterrent is, any crime carries the death sentence. That will certainly keep the crime rate down, and wasting the tax payers money.
I'm not in favor of putting someone to death, but with todays crime rate an "eye for an eye" seems to work with those types of people. Have ever understood why people of force only understand force. That's a fact. The one thing they are afraid of is force being applied on them. So if you have a force greater then their force they'll think twice before doing anything. The ultimate force on them is death. Why are they afraid of death......... death brings no futrue.
Letting offenders of victimless crimes go would be a good first step. The mandatory sentences for certain drug offenses are longer than the average time killers and rapists serve. Of the approx 2 million prisoners in the US slightly over half (51%) are imprisoned for non-violent crimes. Many of these prisoners could be released and be contributing to our economy instead of being a drain on it.
the last person to be hung in the UK was later confirmed to be innocent which is a reason why we stopped teh death sentence.
some people deserve to be killed, sex cases are 1 example but some people should live with their guilt and rot away sad and lonely.
it seems hypocritical to kill for killing, at least in my opinion. I think they should be punished with a life sentence, but not with execution. I have read too many stories about people being executed who were later proven to be innocent.
I think its a good tool to use to fight vrime to prevent crime prevention so many thugs out there that have life waesting tax payers dollers to feed them. Thats my opinion
It also is expensive to pay for jails, when we fill them up. It's also expensive to feed the prisoners of these jails everday of the year.
The death penalty is not cheap. It takes 10-15 years at least and a bunch of trials. It would be cheaper just to have them stay in prison.
I don't agree with it. Just because so many innocent people are executed these days.
we need to use it more often and not have a 15 year waiting period