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Death Penalty vs. Life Sentence

One of the core principles of justice is an appropriate punishment depending on the severity of an offence. Historically, death penalty arose from the principle of blood revenge, ‘an eye for an eye’: only by physically destroying the offender, the victim's relatives felt relieved. However, those who stand for human rights often do not approve the principles mentioned above. According to the European Convention, the death penalty contradicts one’s right to life and the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhumane treatment. The dispute is ongoing should the death penalty be replaced with life imprisonment?

In some states in the U.S. people claim that the death penalty is way more expensive than life-long maintenance of criminal. Excessive legal fees and long legal procedures for carrying out the death penalty give additional arguments to the abolitionists in favour of its abolition. Proponents of life imprisonment think that it is a more severe punishment than death, as the realisation of one that he or she will never get out of the bars makes one go crazy. It is, at some point, a horrific torture. Yet, such a prisoner is doomed to solitude, as life sentence often means no communication with other inmates and the interaction with the outside world is to be very limited as well. Another major argument is the possibility of a judicial mistake to occur in sentencing.

There are many arguments in favour of the death penalty as well. For people, whose family member, relative or a friend has been murdered there is no such thing as pity for a criminal. Is life imprisonment really that severe to be sentenced to terrorists or serial killers who killed dozens of innocent? Some people believe that the death penalty is an adequate punishment for such a serious crime as the intentional deprivation of human life. In countries where there is still death penalty, people are convinced that the fear of death can lead to a decrease in the number of serious crimes occurrences.

To sum up, there are clearly more arguments against than for. In any case, the offender, no matter how cruel he or she was, is also a human and is entitled to a chance to start a new life. Even if it is to be spent in prison, with no chance to release, he or she can cleanse his or her soul and conscience. At the end of the day, criminals can be given the right to choose their punishment between the death penalty and life-long loneliness.

One of the core principles of justice is an appropriate punishment depending on the severity of an offence. Historically, death penalty arose from the principle of blood revenge, ‘an eye for an eye’: only by physically destroying the offender, the victim's relatives felt relieved. However, those who stand for human rights often do not approve the principles mentioned above.

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