Now I am fully aware that this will cause controversy, and perhaps a few people will dislike me for writing this, but both in the United Kingdom and on the internet, we enjoy a certain freedom of speech, free from a lot of censorship. Thus I am going to attempt to exercise this, and hopefully, I’ll see some good debate either here, or on my facebook profile.
The death penalty has been a rather controversial thing here in the UK, and every few years, the debate rears its head in Parliament. Recently, as I have been researching into the writing of my first crime novel, I have been truly horrified by some of the crimes and their perpetrators from my country’s past that have emerged since the death penalty. In a way, the debate has now entered my head. So, I’m going to enter an argument against the death penalty and then for it, and hopefully make up my mind.
Against- Good morning to all. I type here on this blog to argue against the reinstitution of capital punishment. No man, woman or child should be deprived of life. All life is indeed sacred and should be treated as such. The fact that we are sentient beings who can but choose not to kill each other separates us from the animals. Wars aside, as I am a pacifist, the 21st century is where everything begins to change, and killing those who have done us harm moves us to the primitive beings. If we have the ability to make poverty history, send a man to Mars and eradicate most ailments, then why should we kill those who have done our society great ill? Why can’t we rehabilitate them?
Moreover, DNA evidence has cleared scores of murderers that were tried and executed. Most of these people were tried through kangaroo courts, where the cases against the defendants have been ropey at best, at worst, miscarriages of justice. The fact that Dr Crippen was pardoned and exonerated just over a hundred years later thanks to groundbreaking DNA tests, proves that executing prisoners already paying their prices to society is barbaric.
For- Good morning people on my pokey little blog. Today, you have been emotionally manipulated into thinking that capital punishment is morally wrong. Today, I am going to separate the emotion from the cold hard facts and argue for capital punishment from both approaches.
Firstly the facts. Since the death penalty was abolished in the 1960s, the homicide rate (this is classed as Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide) has gone up over 200%, even when you account for the UK’s population boom. I won’t confuse correlation with causation, but it’s fair to say from most people’s perspective that this has taken away some of the deterrent.
We also have to look at economics- it costs much less to kill a condemned category A prisoner than it does to keep them. According to the Ministry of Justice, it costs roughly £33,000 per year to keep them alive and well looked after in a prison cell, not to mention it costs nearly double that to incarcerate high-profile murderers in the first place. When we, as a country cannot afford to house our homeless, why should we house mass murderers? There is also no evidence to suggest that 25 years of being locked in a cage and brainwashed prevents re-offending, anyway. Up to 44% of criminals reoffend, including rapists, wife-beaters and murderers. Why should we protect them?
Now, it’s time to make up my mind, and decide. I can’t really, but I suppose I’ll have to make up my mind after prayer. Ultimately, what do you think? Let me know via commentinng, both on here and on Facebook.
Til then and yours,