No Justification

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who wants to see the death penalty brought back to Countries that abolished it years ago simply because they believe that some offenses deserve death and by so doing would deter others from copying the crimes.

The same law that says do not kill also said love your neighbour as yourself or better still love your enemies, so the question begging for an answer is this 'are you smarter than God?'
Then there is the case of wrongful conviction, once you kill someone wrongly and later discover the wrong done you can never bring them back.

If the death penalty works then there would be no crimes in some part of the United States where the practice is active, we need a robost way of rehabilitating people back into society after they have committed an offense and goes through the court system.

There is no justification to killing anyone regardless of what they have done.
freezywater freezywater
41-45, M
2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

It only takes one experience with our "justice" system for even the mildest of charges, to be aware of the disproportionate advantage police and prosecutors have, even if they lie outright. To have this same system determine issues of life and death is risible.

Even worse is our rabid foaming-at-the-mouth war on drugs that has disproportionately imprisoned people of color yet allowed for skyrocketing profits by the producers.

I am ashamed that I live in a society that only knows puritanical punishment, and so I see no reason for me, as an ethical citizen, to cooperate with officers of the court.

What leaves me dumbfounded are the people here who acknowledge that there have been and will be wrongful convictions but who believe that is an acceptable price to pay to have state-inflicted death as a punishment.

We can not adopt a system simply because it make us feel better.