Capital punishment has been a controversial issue for many years. Those in favor of the death penalty often argue that someone who committed a violent crime should not have the right to continue their life. Those opposed to the death penalty argue that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, they should have to suffer in lieu of being executed in a humane way, or that capital punishment is just too expensive and the funds should be spent elsewhere. There are many different ways to view the death penalty issue, which is why it is so controversial. I believe capital punishment has both positive and negative effects. On one hand, we are ensuring that the world is free of one evil person by executing them, but on the other hand, is executing someone who previously committed a crime really getting to the root of the problem? None of their victims will be brought back once they are put to death so what is the benefit in punishing the criminals with death?
There have been many cases in the past when someone was sentenced to death for a crime that they did not commit. Before we had DNA testing many people were charged with crimes and were later found out to be innocent. Many people were taken off death row after the evolution of DNA testing because the testing proved their innocence. How terrible would it be to put someone to death and later find out they were innocent? I’m sure we would all agree that that would be awful. Since there are many crimes we cannot prove beyond the shadow of a doubt, should capital punishment still be an option?
On the other hand, some argue that criminals who are sentenced to life in prison are treated too nicely considering the awful crimes they committed. Criminals are given three meals a day, a bed, access to showers, and the option to go outside or watch some T.V in their free-time. Although they are not living the “ideal” life being locked up in a prison, I think we all can agree they aren’t living absolutely horrible considering the nature of their crimes. Is it fair that they still live fairly decent lives behind bars when their victim’s lives were cut short?