Argue or against it for the death penalty

The Death Penalty: All Pros and Cons

Although the death penalty is only practiced in a few countries around the world, you will have read something on the subject before. Because the question arises again and again whether it is ethically and morally justifiable that we still condemn people to death today.

You will see that both the arguments for and against the death penalty are well founded and that is why it is so difficult to make a clear judgment.

Even in the case of the death penalty, it is always a personal decision and a question of how you perceive people.

However, such decisions have an impact on our society and must therefore be discussed.

These are the arguments in favor of the death penalty:

  • The death penalty serves not only as a punishment, but also as a deterrent to potential perpetrators.
  • The people who are sentenced to death but who have previously taken their own lives and thus deserve this punishment.
  • The death penalty is often more humane than what the perpetrators did to their victims.
  • Relatives can only experience justice by executing the perpetrator.
  • It is more beneficial for the perpetrators to receive the death penalty than for them to be imprisoned for life.
  • You also want to be sure that these perpetrators have no chance of causing harm to others.
  • The perpetrators are still very dangerous and could kill again if given the opportunity.
  • Preventive detention is no longer an option and this could allow the perpetrators to be admitted to a psychiatric facility where they could receive privileges. That would be cruel to the victims and the families.

These arguments speak against the death penalty:

  • Again and again people are executed without their being responsible for the crimes. Innocents are executed as well as murderers.
  • The executors are brought into a serious ethical conflict and often suffer emotional damage.
  • The doctors who oversee these punishments have to break the Hippocratic oath and are socially stigmatized.
  • If murderers are killed by the state, then the state is no better than the perpetrators themselves.
  • The danger posed by the arbitrariness of those in power is enormous.
  • It is not one person's job to decide the death and life of another.
  • The death penalty protects perpetrators from long prison sentences and from having to deal with their crimes. This process is often more painful than death.
  • Families of victims repeatedly argue that the victims themselves did not want this punishment. The fact that the state imposes this punishment does not respect the wishes of the dead.
  • When an offender dies, his victims are no longer alive.
  • If the perpetrator remains alive, the families of the victims have time to deal with the death of the relatives and to question the perpetrator and thereby receive answers.
  • The perpetrators can be scientifically questioned and thus their motives can be explored, as well as it can be found out why the people became murderers. This knowledge can protect other people.