When i was younger i used to believe that anyone who committed a murder should be executed. That was until recently when i learned a little bit more about the death penalty and now i can see why so many people are against it.
In the USA, the first woman for five years has just been executed for arranging the murder of her husband and stepson so she could get her stepson’s $250,000 life insurance pay-out. It has been shown in tests that this woman, Theresa Lewis, was borderline “mentally retarded”, as the American’s put it. Of course, she should never have murdered her husband and stepson but money can be a tempting thing, especially seeing as she was living in a caravan and
considering she was possibly never understood what she was actually doing by arranging a murder, she shouldn’t have been executed (in my opinion anyway.)
I understand the whole concept of “an eye for an eye” but state execution violates the right to life which is one of our many human rights. And yes, a murderer has violated someone else’s human rights by removing their right to life but two wrongs don’t make a right. The death of anyone is sad, and execution can upset just as many, including the perpatrators family who are also losing a relative, no matter how evil they may be. I believe imprisonment is the best form of punishment as it protects the public and punishes the offender just the same as the death penalty (although i don’t believe in this TV in the cells nonsense. Bring back old school prisons!) Life imprisonment should mean life though. None of this let out after 20 odd years nonsense that we have at the moment. The death penalty just shows the state to be murderers too, especially when they murder the mentally ill, who really only need support to get them back on their feet.
Maybe i’m just being a bit of a softie but i definatly believe the death penalty should be abolished in all the countries which it is currently used.