There are people that say they fear the death penalty so they dont do certain crimes as long as those people excists it could be argued that it IS a deterrent.
BUT i admit NEITHER side should talk in absolutes because either absolute will make you wrong
also vengeance is an opinion. and YES some people want that but not all.
Why I'm against the death penalty:
Executions cost more than life in prison.
The innocent may be wrongly executed.
Is not a deterrent; crime rates have not gone down.
Life in prison also guarantees no future crimes.
Killing is wrong.
Many Death Row inmates were convicted while being defended by court-appointed lawyers who are often the worst-paid and most-inexperienced and least-skillful lawyers.
Violates international human rights laws.
No longer practiced in most sophisticated societies.
Promotes killing as an OK solution to a difficult problem.
Death sentences are handed down arbitrarily, not in a fair manner.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
life in prison SOMETIMES stops future crimes it most certainly does not gurantee it, a lot of time inmates commit crimes IN PRISION drugs, weapons, assult and more murder, some times guards etc.
also what "life in prison" are you talking about. Sometimes life can be 25years with chance of parole in 7 or 13 etc. and sometimes these people commit crimes again when they get out.
also murder rates are the lowest they have been in 40 years numbers wise, percentage wise it maybe some of the lowest ever, id have to check