Do you know that during the 21st century in a Muslim country a woman was killed only because she was unfaithful to her husband? She was being kicked and stones were thrown at her by a group of men until she died. Nothing could help her. Maybe there are many people who did different bad things, even killed, but nobody merits being killed no matter what he/she did. There are a number of arguments against the death penalty which show that it is not right.
Firstly, innocent family and friends of criminals must also go to through hell in the time leading up to and during the execution. It is often very difficult for people to come to terms with the fact that their loved one could be guilty of a serious crime and no doubt even more difficult to come to terms with their death in this form.
Here we also can observe a qualitative interview method which was utilized by researchers from theRowan University and New Jersey University to gather data from 26 family members of death row inmates who are incarcerated along the East Coast of the United States:
The reactions of this group of family members are varied and complex, yet they include the following common responses: social isolation due to stigma and their own feelings of criminalization, intensified family conflict between family members who grieve differently from one another, diminished self-esteem, shame, diffused and specific feelings of guilt, and a chronic state of despair. This study explores virtually untapped terrain. (Jones, Sandra J., Beck Elizabeth, 2006/2007)
Secondly, there is no such thing as a humane method of putting a person to death irrespective of what the state may claim. Every form of execution causes the prisoner suffering, some methods perhaps cause less than others, but be in no doubt that being executed is a terrifying or deal for the criminal. What is also often overlooked is the mental suffering that the criminal suffers in the time leading up to the execution. How would you feel knowing that you were going to die tomorrow morning at 8.00 a.m.?
Thirdly, a guilty person could be actually innocent and when this innocent person will be executed there will be no possible way of compensating him/her for this miscarriage of justice. There are also many researches which could shall us for such unjust convictions. One of them is the presentation in 2005 of National Innocence Network Conference inWashington,D.C.:
The Innocence Project and the larger wrongful convictions movement have had great success focusing on the spectacular: factually innocent clients freed after DNA exclusions,16 junk science exposed,17 and individuals sent to death row through dubious eyewitness identifications.18 While these kinds of extraordinary vignettes will no doubt remain a calling card of the innocence movement, they ought not obscure the simple fact that most of the erroneous or unjust results that emerge from our criminal justice system are the consequence not of extraordinary events, but of the ordinary operation of a flawed system. (Andrew M. Siegel, 2005)
Moreover there is another significant but much less realised danger here. The person convicted of the murder may have actually killed the victim and may even admit having done so but does not agree that the killing was murder. Often the only people who know what really happened are the accused and the deceased.
Fourthly, every one has the right to be excused. Nobody has the right to define what is right and what is wrong and the most important thing is that no one has the right to take a life no matter whether he/she will just kills someone illegally or gives a legal death sentence. Additionally, why the government does not spend the money and efforts for the execution in better thing. For example, it can donate the money for children or other people with some healthy disabilities or something else. For instance, research made by Columbia Law School reports that “Florida spent between $25 million to $50 million more per year on capital cases than it would have to if all murderers received life without parole.”(Jeffrey A. Fagan, Professor of Law & Public Health; Co-Director, Center for Crime, Community, and Law, 2006)
Do not you think that we must try to concentrate on doing good things for the society, not to waste time and money for sanctions which take people lives?
On the other hand, there are many people who think that the death penalty is right. Some people can argue that murderers should be killed to pay for his crime. There is even a proverb, “Tit for tat,” which here means that the murderer must pay with his life. They believe that everybody has to receive a penalty no matter if he/she is sorry or not sorry.
However, if they think rationally they will understand that in this way murderers will no pay for anything. If the murderer is put to death he/she will not bear the consequences of his/her actions. He/she will also not be able to be sorry for it. Moreover in this way he/she could feel the victims suffering. Thus if he is put to death he will be not able to realize his faults and the penalty is without sense.
In conclusion, the death penalty is an action which must not be practiced because it has many negative effects and not only the guilty person but the other people could suffer from it. It is an action which does not help people to realize their faults. If it is often practiced what will the world becomes?
Jones, Sandra J., BeckElizabeth. (2006/2007). Disenfranchise.Grief and Nonfinite Loss as Experienced by the Families of Death Row Inmates. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying; Vol 54Issue 4, p281-299, 19p, 1 Chart.
Andrew M. Siegel. (fall 2005). The American Criminal Law Review. Journal ofChicago: Fall 2005. Vol. 42, Iss. 4; pg. 1219,19 pgs.
Jeffrey A. Fagan, Professor of Law & Public Health; Co-Director, Center for Crime, Community, and Law. (2006).Capital Punishment: Deterrent Effects & Capital Costs. Published by Columbia Law School. Retrieved from http://www.law.columbia.edu/law_school/communications/reports/summer06/capitalpunish