Capital punishment;

Arguments for and against:

Capital punishment was ripe in medieval England and since it was abolished 1965, there has been arguments for executions to return in today’s society.

The credibility of jail and detention centers has always been under scrutiny from those in support of capital punishment, with claims that it serves no authentic justice and in some cases is not enough of a punishment. Those in support of punishments such as the death penalty debate that the mere fear of its existence is enough to significantly decrease every type of crime. They argue that crimes such as rape and murder would dwindle evidence for this is within states such as Alabama, Florida and Kentucky in the United States where violent crimes are far lower than in states where capital punishment was abolished. They also put forward that if any crimes of a serious degree are committed, genuine retribution would be delivered to the victim or the family of the wronged. The main argument backed by capital punishment supporters is that some crimes merely take away the value of life from the offender. There is constant growing support for the re-establishment of the death penalty and some of these arguments hold some weight, however there are those who believe otherwise and are in full support of it never returning.

The main argument proposed by those opposing capital punishment is that it goes against almost every religion. Apart from isolated passages of the bible which support the death penalty, every other religion is in direct opposition with capital punishment. They also argue that it puts innocent lives at risk. They propose a simple question, “what if the executed is innocent?”, cases like this have happened before and they argue that the only way that they never happen again is if execution is completely abolished. They also propose other questions, “why should the state decide whether or not a person lives or dies”, and “why is death the answer when there are alternatives”?, they argue that there are other ways to deliver justice and that the current prison system is competent enough.