The last centuries the debate about capital punishment has been everywhere around us. It all started in 1789 when Liechtenstein abolished the death penalty. Since then all the big democracies, except the United States, Japan and India, have followed Liechtenstein’s example. Some emerging democracies of Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America have also ridden themselves of the practice. For large parts of the world, capital punishment is now treated as an unjustified, barbaric way of penalizing. Should the government really abolish the laws about death penalty or should we continue executing criminals?
In many societies criminals are punished by a like punishment, like in many Arab countries a thief is punished by losing a hand. If we apply this theory every murderer should be killed. Some people think this is a cruel and unusual way of punishing because it perpetuates an ‘eye for an eye’ type of punishing. Some crimes are so violent that no other type of punishment seems hard enough. For example, is it really justified that a criminal, who has murdered an entire family, a child or a pregnant mother, just lives on in prison for the rest of his life? That this murderer is a financial load to the state? Isn’t it incredible that civilians, who haven’t got anything to do with this man, must pay taxes so that this scum can live on in prison? In my opinion these kind of criminals who took a life, should pay with their life, because it seems to be the only way to truly punish them for their deeds