It should be supported in both principle and practice.
Yes in principle, but not in practice due to the ambiguity of social bias.
It should be opposed both in principle and practice.
They're just not worth that.
Could a 21 year sitting out of a life sentence be considered "undone" If a person had young children or one on the way, that child would not know the parent save visits to the prison if allowed. The constant fear inside the institution for someone who is not a hardened criminal would be enough to constitute "inhumane" imo as well. Not to mention how that person would change over the course of those years.
Meh, I can't exactly agree with the "cannot be undone" arguement as like I've stated before. I would rather die then spend any substantial period of my life in prison.
I frankly don't see a way of getting around in today's world. We either accept the high costs or we accept more innocents being executed to maintain the system as it is now.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
Re the claims that nothing can be undone: OF COURSE nothing can literally be undone, that would be time travel. But partial compensation can be given for an erroneous jail sentence - most people spend most of their lives working - a monetary award, say double what the person would have earned, goes a long way to at least make up for the economic damage. But with the death penalty NO compensation is possible.
As for the degradation to the killer of a defenseless man, that is probably subjective, but I think most people who aren't barbarians will grasp it, even those who nonetheless support the death penalty.
This is my opinion, take it or leave it. We consider ourselves to be a civilized nation. We offer people the "American Dream" and have, at some points in history, been the pinnacle of Western Civilization. We believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and give everyone an opportunity to defend themselves and formulate a defense.
To me, it seems wrong for such a country to partake in the extinguishing of lives. If someone is guilty, let them rot in prison. It would seem that that would be a far worse punishment then just killing them.
"An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it." - Gandhi
I said "logical" when I meant "non-emotional". I should have been more clear.
I don't think that the Death Penalty is barbaric at all. I certainly don't think that death is harsher than rape. In one, you are dead, in the other, you have to live a life after the act with all the horrible emotional and physical effects fo the act.
The Death Penalty is not based on emotion at all, at least not for me. No emotion...
Just a logical and non-emotive extrapolation of cause and effect.
The Death Penalty does benefit society... it rids society of those that cannot or will not choose to abide buy certain rules.
Imprisonment does NOT benefit society at all... if forces us to pay for and care for those that cannot or will not choose to abide buy certain rules.