Death Penalty as Capital Punishment

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Death Penalty as Capital Punishment

Justice and human dignity: These words come to mind when the death penalty is discussed. They are the foundation for democracy and civilization. They can be regarded as the cornerstones in the defense of capital punishment.

In the judicial system dealing with crime and punishment, the concept of justice lurks in the shadows when it should ultimately be the foundation within the legal system. Rather than keeping it under cover of darkness, allow justice to be brought forward and into the light when the death penalty is discussed.

Deserving the utmost respect is mans dignity. Dignity and respect for the victims of these crimes needs to be the highest consideration today more so than for the perpetrator who killed his fellow man especially when connected to the death penalty. In other words, the prerequisite for society should be one of sympathy and solidarity with the victim. Empathy and understanding for the victims and their relatives are necessary in order to rightly value the death penalty.

The death penalty will only slightly lower the number of criminals since murders and violent offenders will always exist in society. However, one less violent criminal will make for a safer society. A lengthy prison term still leaves the possibility of parole and, until death, a dark cloud that will hover over society.

Affirming the death penalty proclaims publicly to the criminal that his evil and immoral acts will not be tolerated. It is the strongest moral declaration a society can make proclaiming that some crimes are deserving of capital punishment. However, more than any other punishment, the death penalty also declares that the criminal is also moral individual with responsibilities.

Punishment follows justice, and dislike follows punishment. Dislike can also be termed as wrath. Therefore the wrath of society on the violent acts of criminals and murderers is testimony that our concern, sympathy and compassion towards...
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