Capital punishment is one of the most widely debated issues in America.
Thousands of people die at the hands of the government of the United States every year. This is a problem. The government was formed to protect its citizens. It is a social contract. I don't think that we would willingly sign a social contract with the current systems of capital punishment prescribed as it is today.
Maximum security prisons and Life Sentence without possibility of parole.
Vengeance. Killing leads to more killing. If the government can justify killing, then it is justifiable.
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
States are in a fiscal crisis.
The government does have an obligation to protect societies from its aggressors. But given the resources available to the US government for restraining criminals, the carrying out of the death penalty is practically nonjustified and unnecessary.
Modern society has the means of protecting itself without resorting to capital punishment. .
Punishment has the primary aim of redressing the disorder introduced by the offense. But when it is accepted by the guilty, it can also contribute to the rehabilitation of the guilty party.
If we're going to allow it, we should do whatever we have to to be certain that innocent people are not victimized by the system. This means passing HR3214 into law and putting resources and technology in place to unmistakably determine the guilt of those on death row.
Obtaining and practicing legitimate defense, including capital punishment, is the duty of the government who is responsible for the lives of its citizens. However, we believe that capital punishment is rarely if ever justified. The government has the resources necessary to restrain criminals without resorting to the death penalty. Punishment, in addition to defending public order has an additional purpose: to contribute to the reform of the guilty party.