Do you believe in the death penalty? Why or why not?
This is one of those contentious questions that evokes many an ethos, moral code. Me personally, if it is undeniable that a person has committed haneous acts of violence/criminality upon others, leaving others without their families due to their despicable acts, then their liberty should be taken from them.
If however there is a doubt, no matter how small, that the person did not commit the crime or that procedures were fudged to make the crime fit the person then, no, I don’t believe their liberty should be taken in these circumstances.
In respect of the death penalty, I can only base my judgement on the ‘element of human error’ that prevents the ability to find the full facts and with additional pressures from such things as public outcrys to catch criminals quickly, that ‘element of human error’ is increased and can and does lead to half truths and ineffective evidence gathering hence the incarceration of geninuely innocent people by any means necessary.
So in answer to the question, until the ‘element of human error’ in obtaining criminal evidence is significantly reduced I don’t believe in the death penalty. The hurt and pain caused to families by putting to death the wrong person due to incorrect information can never be condoned.