Rehabilitation, Not Capital Punishment
The death penalty is the punishment used in 38 states, and many
other countries, as a way of disposing the people in society who are
mentally or emotionally disturbed, love their families very much, have a
bad temper, or just plain made a mistake. These reasons account for many
homicides that take place each year. Capitol Punishment is just not humane
and should not be legal.
The argument most often used to support the death penalty in
former-Soviet republics is the necessity of having a particularly
efficacious deterrent against murders and other common crimes. However,
none of the many studies about the matter have been able to show that death
penalty is more of a deterrent than other punishments. It's completely
wrong to think that most of those who commit serious crimes such as murders
consider the consequences of their actions. Murders are often committed
when the criminal is blinded with passion, when emotions prevail over
reason. They are sometimes committed under the influence of drugs or
alcohol, or in panic moments, when the culprit is discovered while he
steals, as I mentioned already. Some murderers have very serious
psychiatric problems or are mental patients. In none of these cases is it
possible that the fear to be sentenced to death could act as an effective
There is another heavy limit. One who plans a crime rationally can
choose to go on, although he knows the risk he's running, thinking that he
won't be discovered. Most of the criminologists assert that the best way to
discourage murderers isn't increasing the severity of punishment, but
increasing the possibility of discovering the crime and condemning the
culprit. This will take care of the truly deserving people, who know and
understand what they are doing.
Sometimes death penalty has opposite effects to the ones wanted.
Those who know they risk to be sentenced to death can be encouraged to kill
the witnesses of their crime or anyone who could be able to identify and
incriminate them. To prevent their own death, they would kill again, and
eventually get away with the preliminary murder.
Data about crime in abolitionist countries doesn't prove at all