Which is better death penalty or life imprisonment?

The death penalty costs more, delivers less, and puts innocent lives at risk. Life without parole provides swift, severe, and certain punishment. It provides justice to survivors of murder victims and allows more resources to be invested into solving other murders and preventing violence.

Do you think the death penalty is the best punishment for dangerous criminals?

A: No, there is no credible evidence that the death penalty deters crime more effectively than long terms of imprisonment. States that have death penalty laws do not have lower crime rates or murder rates than states without such laws.

Is rehabilitation better than the death penalty?

Prisons make small time offenders hardened criminals, and the death penalty only creates more social depression and hampers our ability to make a society safe, but rehabilitation puts hardened and small time offenders back on the street as good citizens.

Is the death penalty a suitable punishment?

The death penalty makes it impossible for criminals to do bad things over and over again. Executing someone permanently stops the worst criminals and means we can all feel safer, as they can’t commit any more crimes.

What justifies the death penalty?

The punishment is justified by the nature of crime committed. If the condemned person suffers as a consequence of the penalty (setting aside the method of application) that is not only acceptable but desirable. Punishment and/or retribution is historically one legitimate purpose of the criminal sanction.

How many states still use capital punishment?

25 states