I see your point. But I’m more on the part of “we should make some changes around here”. Obviously, like you said, it’s very practical to just kill offenders and that itself is a powerful deterrence. A lot of countries do it to keep social stability and I don’t disapprove of their reasons. But I cannot imagine this will go on forever as our population increase. What we need is to get rid of the root of crime, somehow. And actual correction of criminals will definitely be the first step there.
I think everyone so far has just assumed that the death penalty succeeds at deterring crime. There is a lot of information out there that is worth looking at. None of it is a “smoking gun” proving the death penalty does not deter crime. However, I haven’t found any data that really supports the theory of the death penalty as a deterrent. For instance, a lot of states that rigorously enforce the death penalty have relatively high crime rates compared to those that don’t.
I personally think that the death penalty is still around because it is emotionally pleasing to people to see someone who has committed a heinous crime receive the “ultimate” punishment.
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