Top Arguments for the Death Penalty

Arguments For the Death Penalty; Death Penalty Pros


1. The Death Penalty Can Properly Deliver Justice to Those Who Have Killed Others

Capital punishment is necessary to deliver justice -- especially to victims of murder and extreme violence. The death penalty provides for retribution against perpetrators and makes sure that they pay for their actions. Without the death penalty, it's otherwise difficult to make murderers pay sufficiently for their crime, as no punishment other than death really equates to that of the crime of killing.

A society that doesn't deliver justice is a society which will collapse. Criminals need to be held accountable for their actions. While no one enjoys the thought of having to kill someone, it can also be argued that the murderer bought the punishment on him or herself when he or she took the life of another.


2. The Death Penalty is Necessary to Deter Other Criminals

One of the best arguments for the death penalty is that capital punishment is a huge deterrent we have to prevent others from committing heinous crimes. The best way to deal with crime obviously is to stop it from happening in the first place. In turn, the best way to do that is to deter criminals from committing crimes.

When it comes to murder, torture and other heinous crimes, the best deterrent we have is the death penalty. Criminals should be aware that that if they commit a serious crime, then their punishment will be equally as serious. No one wants to die -- this is why using the death penalty as a deterrent is an effective way of stopping crimes from happening in the first place. It's also in the criminal's best interests. How so? Because, ultimately, not turning into a criminal in the first place should be in anyone's best interests. It can be seen as a disservice to those in the criminal justice system if our punishments aren't severe enough when we haven't effectively deterred criminals from entering the system.

3. The Death Penalty is Necessary to Protect Society

Some criminals simply cannot be allowed to keep living because every moment they're alive is another minute that they're a threat to the community. These criminals must be killed because keeping them alive puts their fellow prisoners, their guards, and the wider community at risk. Some criminals are simply so far gone that they're beyond help and will always be a major risk to society. For these criminals who essentially have no hope for redemption anymore, the only remaining option is to remove them from existence.

Violent criminals pose risks that are just too great for them to be allowed to live. Many run the risk of being at risk by these criminals, including but not limited to:

  • Fellow prisoners are the people who are most at risk. One of the reasons prisons are so dangerous is because they are full of murderers and rapists -- it would be unjust to the other inmates to expose them to such violent offenders.
  • Guards are at risk, as well. Prison officers are often assaulted and even killed by offenders who should have received the death penalty.
  • The wider community is also at risk from violent offenders who either escape prison or are paroled early due to an ineffective parole system.

The safest solution, therefore, is to kill violent offenders before they can be a threat once again.

4. The Death Penalty is Necessary for Families of Victims to Move On Properly

The death penalty is necessary because many victims' families will never be able to feel safe or live a normal life again if they know that the person who killed their family members is still alive. Even if the criminal is placed in the most secure facility possible, fear still grips the families of the victims. While this fear may be irrational, that doesn't make it any less real.

We must consider the rights of these families to live normal lives when sentencing murderers; we should prioritize their rights over those of the violent criminal. We also mustn't let a violent offender continue to harm others from the inside, even if they're not intentionally doing so. This applies especially to criminals who have made threats against other people in society and family members of other victims.

5. The Death Penalty is Cheaper Than a Lifetime Prison Term

One of the more controversial arguments for the death penalty is that the cost of keeping someone incarcerated for the duration of their natural life is huge. This is a cost that society shouldn't have to pay. Violent criminals and murderers shouldn't be taking away tax dollars from things like education and health care. The argument here is that we simply can't afford to keep these people alive nor do we have any responsibility to do so. It can be said that they brought their punishment on themselves when they committed their crime and they're the ones who should have to pay for their crimes, not us.

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Comments 16 comments

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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Very interesting post. I have always been in favor of death penalty

Bob 2 years ago

I agree but four comes before five

Cici 2 years ago

the cost is less it take 4 million to kill someone

ryan moodie 2 years ago

i think i like the death penalty

Sanxuary 2 years ago

All reasons are good valid reasons. I find it amazing that we have so many horrendous people who will never life outside again and yet we keep them around. Just as awful are the number of killers who took a plea bargain and have cheated death. When there is no question of guilt, no chance of remorse and no opportunity that society would ever release them to kill again. Have we not already killed them, lets finish the job. A super heated furnace where you sweep it out when you our finished would be fine.

samuel 2 years ago

I think the death penalty is only good for justice E.G. murder or extreme violence

annon 2 years ago

Good reasons, but death penalty (4 million) is actually more expensive than lifetime prison term(1 million)

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The Patriot Scoop 24 months ago from California

Great Post. I would have to disagree that it deters criminals, if that was so we would see less Homicides happening, the reality is that people are going to do what they do regardless of punishment. I do not agree with the death penalty as I believe that God is the only true Judge and only one who can take a life away justfully. I myself would never feel comfortable putting someone to death. But just my opion. Great Job!

Fire8storm 23 months ago

I found this a very interesting hub. The death penalty is indeed a very emotive issue and one of great debate. While I agree criminals do need to be punished for their behaviour and that punishment needs to be severe, I am not totally convinced the death penalty is the best option. I have grave concerns regarding wrongful conviction. Also how can we determine which individuals can be rehabilitated and which cannot? I certainly agree with many of your points which you wrote very well, but do feel this debate is much more complex.

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wckdstepmother30 21 months ago from My Living Room

I do believe some people are beyond rehabilitation as well. This should ideally be determined on a case by case basis. I'd like to hear what you think about sex offenders, since that is a hot topic these days. Offenders committed to programs are claiming that it amounts to life in prison without the opportunity of parole and they want out. The government seems to be open to accommodating their demands. I think this is a very dangerous and detrimental position to take.

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billy 7 months ago

I think that this is a very silly article and the author should probably be banned from this website: you are a bad person for supporting the death penalty

Brendan 7 weeks ago

I know this here can debunk any anti-death penalty arguments.

Really? 3 days ago

Really? @billy You're misinformed, and immature.

bill 39 hours ago

i rekon

xxx_billy_xxx 39 hours ago

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