Something to Think About

Do people deserve to die for the crimes they’ve committed? Do we deserve to kill people for the crimes they’ve committed?

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  1. Ignoring the question of whether or not ‘deserve’ means anything, I don’t think they deserve to die ever, even if they committed awful crimes. Even if they did deserve to die, I don’t think that they should for three reasons: 1) Killing them for their crimes, saying that committing a crime takes away their right to life, means that life is a privilege, not a right. 2) The death penalty ultimately accomplishes nothing meaningful beyond the satisfaction of emotions in taking revenge. It makes no effort to improve the situations that cause crime; it only works to punish crimes that have already happened – you could do the same with rehab. 3) The model of justice that results in the death penalty promotes crime; it says “when I am wronged by someone, I should take revenge – return their actions in kind, make them suffer. In a society when people are constantly wronged by the wealthiest/most powerful people, they take action by committing crimes, rather than trying other methods of changing their situation.

    • I agree, we have the right to life not just as Americans but as human citizens on this planet. No should be able to take that right from us no matter what.Killing only leads to more killing. Locking criminals in prison is enough punishment on our part as humans.

      • Agreed. I would even venture to say that locking criminals in prison is, in many cases, too far and not efficient. If you aren’t familiar with Norway’s “prison”/rehabilitative system, you should do that. They have a very low rate of readmission. In America, between 50 and 75% of criminals are readmitted into prison within 5 years. In Norway that’s between 10 and 20%.

        It’s also interesting to think about the right-to-life of non-human animals.

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