The history of death penalty is almost as old as the history of mankind and apparently, it has existed in all cultures. We know that it´s a legal process whereby a person isput to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. Is assumed to be applied in the most extreme cases, known as capital crimes. Moreover, do we have the right to decide if a person can or cannotlive?
It´s not easy to discern about this topic. There are many arguments for and against capital punishment, on one hand, those who support it , believe that exist crimes that justify itsapplications and it is the best way to deter crime. Nevertheless , on the other hand, those who are against it argue that is a cruel and dangerous punishment, because many innocents have been penalized forsomething that they didn´t do.
The first thing that comes to my mind if I think of the death penalty, is that it should be abolished in all countries, because nobody has the right to take the life ofanother ,that is something just God can decide. However, when I hear about some terrible crime, especially if a child is involved, I immediately deem the author of that atrocity should bepunished in the worst way, which would be taking away his own life, because a person who is able to commit a heinous crime, is impossible to recover.
But then, I think, it´s the same thing, we kill aperson to prove that should not kill… Is that right?
It´s very difficult to take side on this issue, because both those who are for or against the death penalty, have valid reasons to support theirpositions, and this is perhaps, the most controversial punishment that society can apply.
Finally I think capital punishment might be implemented just in very specific cases, but …are judges trainedto discern when death penalty should be applied and when it should not be?
This is a crossroads for me, many mixed emotions come to my mind and, at last, I cannot decide which side is the truth.
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