If there are people who are in favor of capital punishment, there are also those who want it to be abolished. Capital punishment is nothing but an act of violence. There is nothing more inhumane than tolerating the killing of another human being. It is indeed very paradoxical that the state will allow the execution of a human person as a solution to crime and violence. It is said that: “legalized homicide as punishment is generally inconsistent with the values it is presumed to protect, and in a broader context is demeaning of the dignity of human life. “ (Capital Punishment: British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, p.1). Violence will never be the right solution to the rising criminality. It bears stressing that when the society tolerates execution as a solution to criminality, in effect, we are leaving an imprint on the minds of the youth that the proper approach to violence is to impose violence. Violence begets violence. It is sad that when this happens we are legitimizing violence in our society. Thus, we argue that capital punishment should be abolished because it degrades the value of human life.
Capital punishment is also perceived to be beneficial for the society because it deters the criminal from committing another crime and it prevents the other criminals from committing the same crime. It must however be emphasized that until now there has been no scientific literature that will prove that there is a causal connection or a cause and effect relationship between capital punishment and the commission of a crime. Further, there is empirical research that will prove that a great majority of crimes being committed in our contemporary society are either crimes of passion or crimes that are not premeditated or planned. Logic will tell us that if a crime is committed in a fit of rage and anger then the thought of being executed for a would-be criminal offender will not serve any deterrent purpose because at the time of...
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