This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 17, number 1 For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Contemporary culture, in contrast, is permeated with arguments against capital punishment. Even among those professing Christian faith, there is widespread opposition to the death penalty.
Messenger The execution, by hanging, of Yakub Memon for his part in the Mumbai bombings invites us to revisit the vexed issue of capital punishment.
Few topics incite such moral passion and controversy.
While many European countries urge an ethic of rehabilitation in their criminal justice systems, many jurisdictions in the United States stand firmly in favour of capital punishment for serious crimes.
Even a federal jury in Massachusetts, a liberal bastion, recently doled out the death penalty to the sole surviving perpetrator of the Boston marathon bombing.
And while the United Kingdom abandoned the death penalty in — the year of the last executions — nearly half of the British public favours a reintroduction of it though that figure has been dropping steadily. We will not make progress in the public debate about the death penalty unless we realise that it is only one element in a much bigger controversy: As The Conversation invites us to rethink the death penalty over the next few weeks, we must not conduct this discussion in a vacuum.
Before you ask yourself whether we should have the death penalty, consider: Considering the three main families in the philosophy of punishment can help us organise our conversation. Why do they deserve it? Retributivists also think that the severity of punishment should match the severity of the crime.
So, just as it is wrong to over-punish someone executing someone for stealing a pair of shoesit can be wrong to under-punish someone giving him a community service order for murder. If you are a retributivist, you might support the death penalty because you think that certain or all murderers and perhaps other criminals deserve to suffer death for their crimes.
Depending on how you think about death, however, you might oppose the death penalty on the grounds that it is disproportionately harsh — perhaps you think that no matter what someone has done, she does not deserve to die for it.
On the other hand you might oppose the death penalty on the grounds that it is disproportionately light. Many people who opposed the recent death sentence for the Boston bomber did so on the grounds that life in a maximum-security prison would be a worse punishment — and so more fitting — than death.
Australia withdrew its ambassador to Indonesia after the execution, in April, of two of its nationals for drug trafficking.
If this sounds sensible to you, you probably believe the point of punishment is not retribution, but rather deterrence. The idea here is familiar enough: Threats of punishment realign those demands by making it irrational for self-interested individuals to break the law.
If you are a defender of deterrence, you must answer two questions about capital punishment before determining where you stand.
The first is empirical: Does the threat of the death penalty actually deter people from committing heinous crimes to a greater extent than the threat of life imprisonment?
The second question is moral.Michael's Murder - Capital Punishment vs Life Imprisonment I feel that a life sentence without parole, and in Benton's case where he will serve almost a life sentence, fulfills the punitive expectation that I have for my brother's killer.
Legal Problem Solving and Analysis. Capital punishment is the death penalty given by the government of a country, to people who have committed hideous crimes like homicide, rape, etc.
Death penalty has been a way of punishing people since tranceformingnlp.comgh there are some countries that have abolished death penalty from their law, there are still many which still practice the act of killing a person for crime. And, in any event, the primary purpose of capital punishment is not deterrence.
It is to prevent the greatest conceivable injustice — allowing a person who deliberately takes an innocent person’s life . Sep 24, · In the U.S., capital punishment remains legal in 31 states, and as of July , 3, inmates were awaiting execution across the country.
The . Another factor that favours a lighter sentence like life imprisonment over capital punishment is provided by Hodgkinson and Schabas. The reason is that there is an increase of unfairness in awarding of capital punishment for the same type of crimes in the United States (Hodgkinson & .
Capital Punishment, - Statistical Brief Presents statistics on persons under sentence of death at year-end , including summary trends in the population, admissions to and releases from death row, the number of persons executed, and an advance count of executions in