Crime are constant in our society; wherever we look, we find criminals and crime. Criminals have become a part of our daily lives. Does this mean we dismiss and shun these human being out of our society? Eliminating crime and criminals is our duty, and we cannot ignore it. Getting the rightly accused to a just punishment is very important. Some criminals commit a crime because they have no other option to survive, but some do it for fun. I do not advocate death penalty for everybody. A person, who stole bread from a grocery store, definitely does not deserve death penalty. However, a serial killer, who kills people for fun or for his personal gain, definitely deserves death penalty. Death penalty should continue in order to eliminate the garbage of our society. Not everybody deserves to die, but some people definitely do. The death penalty serves as a deterrent and helps in reducing crime.
The death penalty is irreversible, but it is hard to kill a wrongly convicted person due to the several chances given to the convicted to prove his innocence. Suppose there is no death penalty in a state and life imprisonment without parole is the maximum punishment. What is stopping a prisoner who is facing a life imprisonment without parole to commit another murder in the prison? According to Paul Van Slambrouck, ” Assaults in prisons all over US, both against fellow inmates and against staff, have more than doubled in the past decade, according to statistics gathered by the Criminal Justice Institute in Middletown, Connecticut” (Christian Science Monitor, Internet). There is no stopping these inmates from committing further crimes within the prison, if they are already facing the maximum punishment. Anti-death penalty advocates argument that, imprisonment itself could deter criminals. They believe that we do not need to go to the extreme measure of killing the criminals to decrease crime. Hugo Adam Bedau in his article Capital Punishment and Social Defense mentions, “Crimes can be deterred only by making would-be criminals frightened of being arrested, convicted, and punished for crimes. ” (301). Unfortunately, the ever-increasing population in the prisons proves otherwise. Somehow, just imprisonment is not enough for some people to stop them from committing a crime. The number of criminals is increasing every year. In 1990, there were 42,733 prisoners in Alaska, whereas in 1999 it increased to 68,599 (Death Penalty USA Pages). Some criminals may think that they would never be caught, and just keep committing crimes. The perfect example for this would be serial killers. For such people, death penalty should be there, so that others, who even think about committing such crimes, learn a lesson that every criminal is eventually caught.
The death penalty assures safety of the society by eliminating these criminals. Death penalty is one of those extreme punishments that would create fear in the mind of any sane person. Everybody fears death, even animals. Most criminals would think twice if they knew their own lives were at stake. Although there is no statistical evidence that death penalty deters crime,we have to agree that eliminating these cancers to society will eliminate at least one problem. While in turn setting fear into those onlookers to teach that they shall not do the same.