The death penalty, or capital punishment, refers to the government-sanctioned execution of an individual as retribution for a crime. Although most countries have abolished death penalty sentences, many retain this practice, including the United States, China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Should we abolish the death penalty, or support each government's right to punish crime as it sees fit?
No, we should not abolish the death penalty
The death penalty serves society well by giving victims closure, making communities safe, affirming life's value, and ultimately establishing justice.
The death penalty saves lives
By discouraging heinous crime, the death penalty saves countless innocent lives.Explore
The death penalty affirms the value of human life
By punishing human rights violations zealously, the death penalty affirms the value of all human life.Explore
The death penalty gives victims closure
Victims and their families deserve to know that their tormentors will pay for their crimes.Explore
The death penalty deters crime
The risk of harsh punishment deters people from committing heinous crimes.Explore
The death penalty administers justice because some people deserve death
For justice to be done, a person's punishment must fit the severity of their crime. In some cases, the only fitting punishment is death.Explore
Yes, we should abolish the death penalty
The death penalty unjustly targets vulnerable demographics, wastes taxpayer money, and violates the sanctity of human life.
The death penalty violates the sanctity of human life
Regardless of their crimes, the lives of death row prisoners are valuable.Explore
The death penalty targets people with mental illnesses or intellectual disabilities.
It is difficult to definitively prove that a defendant has a mental illness or intellectual disability. As a result, criminals who suffer from these conditions often receive the death penalty.Explore
The death penalty wastes taxpayer money
Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty is more expensive than life in prison sentences.Explore
The death penalty targets the poor
The death penalty is a greater risk for those who cannot afford strong representation.Explore
The death penalty targets racial minorities
Minorities receive death penalty sentences at a disproportionately high rate.Explore
Wrongful convictions are common
The criminal justice system has executed people wrongly. For this reason, we can never implement the death penalty with certainty of a person's guilt.Explore
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