In a world full of desires, more and more men and women are blinded by ideas of wealth, fame, power, and even lust. As crimes grow more and more merciless, villains and criminals increase in number. Whether it is on the streets, at home, in public areas, or even online, shameless crimes are being committed. In an effort to combat such growing evil, punishments are given out to those caught committing crimes. It is generally accepted that harsher punishments must be given to those who carry out more heinous deeds. One of the heavier punishments being delivered today is the death penalty. Several believe that it is effective in scaring off crimes. Although the death penalty serves to prevent crimes and to deliver justice, it is unacceptable because it takes away a person’s right to life, innocent people can be mistakenly sentenced to death, and once carried out it cannot be undone.
Among the reasons for the rejection of the death penalty, the most common is that it takes away a person’s right to life. Whether this claim is based on religious teachings or cultural norms, billions of people all over the world believe that a person has the rights to life and to live. As a matter of fact, murder is a crime in all parts of the world. Implementing a death penalty would contradict these ideals society upholds. In certain American states, the punishment for murder is death. The idea of killing a murderer for his crime contradicts the grounds for his punishment. It is ironic to think that someone who took another’s life will have his own life taken as punishment. Publicly permitting this practice would imprint bad ideas in the minds of the people. Citizens, especially families and friends of murder victims, may decide to deliver justice themselves with the train of thought that it is right and legal to do so.
Another drawback to the death penalty is that an innocent person may be sentenced to death. This happens when errors occur during the investigation process and the trial procedure. Evidence gathered against one convicted of a crime may be either fabricated or insufficient. Such errors may lie undetected during investigation. Human error can further complicate these processes. No matter how knowledgeable a person is, he or she is still prone to faults and mistakes. During trials, misleading evidence, biases and prejudices, and skilled lawyers can trick judicial officers into sentencing innocent men to death.
Lastly, the death penalty is irreversible once carried out. The punishment entails killing a person. The moment the sentence is carried out, the person who is killed cannot be brought back to life. If the convicted is proven innocent after he is put to death, the ones who sentenced him can do nothing but regret. No amount of compensation will suffice for killing an innocent man. The act is finished and can no longer be undone.
As a means of delivering justice, the death penalty is immoral, unacceptable, and contradictory. It deals out justice in means that are unacceptable. For this reason, the death penalty should be abolished in all places which legalize it. It should also be banned in order to protect the rights of the people to life. By eliminating the death penalty, justice can be served without needless acts of violence.