Arguments used by critics of the death penalty, who prefer life imprisonment, include: 1. Miscarriages of justice cannot be addressed if a person is wrongly executed 2. Religious arguments include the concept that life is a gift from God and only God has the right to take it away, as well as the New Testament assertion that an "eye for an eye" approach is wrong. 3. In the US, some legal scholars argue that the death penalty goes against the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishments. 4. The death penalty can end up costing more than life imprisonment. 5. It promotes the "two wrongs make a right approach," using violence.