Should one person have the ability to decide whether another lives or dies? What punishment is sufficient enough to fit the crime committed? This decision is not one to be taken lightly. How can one take another`s life and not give their own? It is my belief, as a member of society, only one punishment can fit this sort of crime, the death penalty.
The question to be answered, is should we rehabilitate, remove from society, punish, or even sentence to death. If one is incarcerated for a life term, can rehabilitation occur? According to Webster`s dictionary, “rehabilitation is to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life.” Imagine being locked in solitude with only four walls to look at. Years and years tick off of life with nothing to do. If rewarded with good behavior and a person gets to participate in activities, work, and exercise, who wouldn`t try to change? If a person has nothing but time; time to change, educate, or even plot, how can we ever be sure they have been truly rehabilitated?
Even though removal from society gives us security, are we really secure? Even if a person has been arrested, prosecuted, and sentenced, can we rest assured that they will never commit a crime again? The answer to this question is no. Access to criminal behavior is eminent. Drugs and violence are ever so abundant in prisons, the chance for crime to continue is almost a guarantee. Statistics on prisons from the U.S. Department of Justice state in 2002, “that the homicide rate was four in every 100,000 and violent crime was nineteen in every 100,000.” As the population rises in prison, so do the crime rates. We can only continue to lock people up for so long; prisons are already crowded enough as it is.
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