Can Death Penalty Be Ever Justified?
Vedant Gawshinde, Indore Institute Of Law, Indore
It seems that public opinion on the death penalty does not deter crime, but more importantly, it falls disproportionately on people of color and the poor and it is too often erroneously handed down and is irreversible its impact. The most common argument against capital punishment is that sooner or later, innocent people may get killed, because of mistakes or flaws in the justice system. Some subscribe to the “eye for an eye” or “life for life” philosophy, while others believe that sanctioned death is wrong. Most supporters of the death penalty believe that it is justified on one or more of the following grounds: as means of revenge/justice, as a deterrent to others, to prevent any danger of re-offending and it is cheaper than life imprisonment where criminal will stay whole life in prison on tax payers’ money. Although killing is generally immoral, certain kinds of murders are justifiable. These include killing in self-defense and in defense of other members of society. Capital punishment doesn’t rehabilitate the prisoner and return them to society. Criminal justice systems across the world lost confidence in this mode of punishment Is the death penalty a deterrent? tougher punishments act as a deterrent for others to commit the same.