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answered by LEGEND (6,394 points) 6 14 36
No, because no human being has the right to take away the life of someone else no matter what they've done. There are other good alternatives other than death penalty. Life imprisonment can be the best alternative accompanied by hard work.And for the pardoned persons,they should at least cooperate when they're  pardoned  and serve there life imprisonment well.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,059 points) 5 21 51
From the beginning, it has always been man judging another man or woman. You can go back and history and see how people judged another without due cause. The so-called witches were burned at the stake while others sat around and watched. A person could be strung up and hung from a tree by just one or two men. If another man or woman did harm to one's family, the first thing that came into the minds of this family was to find this person and make them pay. WWII was the worst example in history where millions of Jews were killed just because of their religion. Furthermore, you need to take a look at what happened in Texas when a cult leader decided it was time everyone killed themselves. Yes, people followed, but who was he to say it was their time to die.

Do we really have the right to do this? I don't think so. We are not the judge, jury and can execute a person because we see fit. There have always been laws set in place to take care of this. But many people want to go outside the law and handle these types of events on their own. 

In reality, there is no human way to kill a person that doesn't inflict pain and suffering on this person. When a person is executed in prison the ways are still inhuman. How can only 12 people in a jury decide this is what should happen. I understand this person might deserve to die, but he should die with dignity and not made to suffer. I was happy when the death penalty was abolished, but now some states have brought it back. If a person commits a crime and is sent to jail, this person should be made to atone for his crime by rehabilitation, hard work, and to spend the rest of his life behind bars. I can see that he might get an early release if he has spent over 50+ years in jail. But by this time they adapt to their surroundings and this is their home now. They really don't want to be released because they have no idea how to live on the outside. So leave them there and let them die a natural death. 
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answered by ELITE (3,054 points) 8 36 66
This question has been asked to me a couple of times. Personally, I do not believe that it is moral for a man to take a life of another man no matter how terrible the committed crime is. However, if I am to consider myself in the shoes of a victim or if I will think of having someone dear to me be killed for whatever reason, I kind of want to approve the idea of death penalty--be it to scare criminals or to actually penalize them.

My reservation to this policy only lies with the justice system. As for my country, I do not believe that death penalty would be a good idea to reduce crimes, as this may only create more victims when the innocent are punished for the crimes they did not commit.
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answered by ELITE (4,082 points) 7 26 72
No because I think in many cases it is the easy way out. I have to ask myself if someone killed one of my loved ones in a torturous manner, although my first instinct would be that he should die in the same way, maybe that's just too easy. Perhaps he should die in prison with his freedom taken away for the rest of his life for what he has done. Many people think that prison life is easy but I know that it isn't at times because I have a close family member who has been inside and he had a terrible time there.

There is also the question of someone being mistakenly accused of doing something they haven't done. Imagine being put to death for something you were innocent of and it has happened in the past where people have spent years inside and then new evidence comes to light which proves they were not guilty.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,009 points) 7 17 68
I will never accept a gruesome murder no matter the crime committed maybe my thought as a Christian is getting in the way because the holy book records it as the 10 commandment that nobody should kill and as such no human has the right to kill other no matter the circumstances.

I will never absorb a crime  and paint it good but there are many ways to punish a criminal maybe life imprisonment is more like it,let the sinner have the place for repentance. God doesn't take delight in sinners but in one's repentance, so then the offender be kept in the custody, punished severally if need be but not killing anyone. No human have the right to take the life of another.
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answered by LEGEND (6,021 points) 6 13 26
Nothing gives another human being the right to take a life. Life is sacred and should be treated as such. Nature aligned for life to be born and it is the same nature that takes life. Unfortunately, This is not the way it plays out. From time immemorial, man has always made segregation and put himself above others when in the real sense we are all equal. Man made rules and systems.

I understand that there has to be rules for law and order to prevail. However, certain measures are Just to extreme. I reckon from history that there was a time when people were burnt at the stake for crimes they committed. That is absurd. Even if the death penalty is a verdict for murder, it doesn't change anything since the life isn't coming back, and it wouldn't be a life for a life. It would be two lives gone.
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answered by LEGEND (6,082 points) 7 22 49
Hell no! It is not something worth considering. Death penalty is barbaric and for that very reason, it should not be allowed by any state. There has been countless number of innocent souls lost to this despicable way of trying to set justice aright among offenders. I see it as the highest injustice that could ever be meted out to anybody regardless of their offense, be it hardened criminal, rapist, killer, name it.
Alternatively, there are other better human and punishable ways by which offenders can be corrected, not through death penalty. Obviously, there's nothing to learn from it. I know they will say that other would-be offenders would be deterred by it but in reality they are more determined to do worst. Since the implementation of death penalty, how many people has it changed?

The other day I was actually watching how an innocent 14 year old kid named George Stinney was executed via electrocution to an act of injustice. If death penalty wasn't an option for punishment that boy would have still be alive.
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answered by ELITE (3,009 points) 3 8 16
Yes death penalty should be allowed. Laws are made to guide our existence and also to discourage us from certain things that are morally unacceptable to our co-existence.
in my faith,  the rule is that when someone steal,  it is said that one of  his or her hand should be caught off.  The essence of this is to discourage people from stealing, if one person steal and he or she is used as an example to others, you will discovered that people will not be encouraged to steal again. The same thing is applicable to death penalty,  I am optimistic that if this penalty is level on certain offences in a country people will never go near such crimes. The penalty may last very long without it been carried on anybody because everyone will be sensitive to the implications
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answered by ELITE (3,221 points) 5 12 23
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Wow...@keibah, I like the sound of that. You could use it as a quote, but unfortunately I have to disagree with everyone who thinks death penalty shouldn't be in place, at least to a certain degree.

Luis Garavito is on the list of the world's most gruesome serial killers. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Luis also known as La Bestia (the beast), was most active between the years of 1992 - 1996 in Columbia, Equador and Venezuela. He is suspected to have raped, tortured and murdered at least 300 people which were mostly street kids. After being arrested and charged to court, he confessed to killing 140 boys between the ages of 8 and 16 over a seven year period. He doesn't even rank no 1 on the list.

Do you honestly believe that a wild psycho with such a bitter and twisted mind like Luis Garavito and his likes with so much blood on their hands do not deserve a death penalty? No amount of prison time can atone for such crimes. There shouldn't even be a debate on crimes like this, it is way beyond our moral conscience. The society will be a better place without their likes, even the prison environment should be free of such people as they are prone to killing.

Asides twisted psychos, serial killers and other heartless minded criminals who cause pain and suffering to the society on a large scale, death penalty shouldn't be a verdict for petty crimes or a one time killing which was without intent. I guess am trying point out that there should be a certain degree to a crime which the death penalty can be an option in the verdict but definitely not all crimes.

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answered by (395 points) 1 2 11
I am against death penalty. There is no death penalty in my home country. The maximum punishment that a criminal can get in our home country is 20 years in jail and nationalization of his property. Here are some of the reasons why death penalty is not good:

You don't control birth, why should you control death.

The worst punishment for those who commit grave crime is to let them live in repentance.

No one is born criminal, it is the society that makes criminal out of innocent man/woman.

It is better to stop someone from committing crime rather than waiting him to commit crime and giving death penalty.

Human beings cannot judge other human beings. God is the only supreme judge. Let the God decide what He should do with the person who committed crime

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