We don’t steal from the thieves, or rape the rapists. It would appear to condone the crime by repeating it.
It would be a wanton cruelty.” (140) Why do we murder the murderers?
The death penalty takes focus away from the victims and focuses the attention on the criminal.
These are just some of the reasons the death penalty should be removed. With the chance of being innocent, unjust, corrupt, what of the death penalty can be justified?
Yet capital punishment has been prescribed for many crimes not involving loss of life, including adultery and blasphemy.
The ancient legal principle talion)—“an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life”—which appears in the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, was invoked in some societies to ensure that capital punishment was not disproportionately applied.
“Judges and juries can convict the innocent, as we know from the case of Donald Marshall, jailed for more than a decade for a murder he did not commit.”(143). Several times the same crimes are committed and different sentences are given out.
Most crimes end up with criminals serving jail time. Because they were only sent to jail and not sentenced to death their sentence can be reversed. A black man may receive the death penalty while a white man can get imprisonment.
These are some of the issues with the death penalty.
My first issue is that the justice system is never 100% correct.