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Why execute criminals? Is it because they are too costly to keep?

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Is it because they are too costly to keep? Is it because they deserve to disappear? Is it to set an example for other prospective criminals that this can happen to you? Is it to get even, and to make victims feel better that they did their best to retaliate? The story in Washington Post is that killing criminals doesn’t do any good. In fact, it just makes society appear as inhumane as the criminals themselves. What do you think?

“There’s still no evidence that executions deter criminals

Despite botched executions like the one Tuesday night in Oklahoma, a majority of Americans support the death penalty. Most people in favor of capital punishment believe that it is the only just penalty for some crimes, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2011.”

The evidence may indicate that capital punishment isn’t worth it, but then there is the question about just how good life in prison should be for those who commit capital crimes. Do they deserve the right to vote? Should they have recreation? Should they have access to privileges? How well fed should they be? What is the degree of humanity that they should experience? Is there a scale?

The best answer may be that we kill criminals to eliminate the cost of keeping them.



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