Our society should certainly value human life, and punish murder in a fitting way. However, this does not necessarily mean that we must retain the death penalty. Through giving life in prison sentences, we can continue punishing human rights violations, ensuring that our communities know life is valuable.
In this way, we can send a clear message of value for all life- not just the victims' lives. Although many argue that the death penalty reflects value for life, it completely devalues the lives of criminals. Regardless of their past mistakes, criminals are people too. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. The death penalty reflects value for only certain peoples' lives and should be abolished.