This essay partially agrees that the death penalty is a deterrent to crime and could purge a society of violent crimes. Implementation of the death penalty also takes off strain from the prison system and help in saving resources. However, implementation of capital punishment may tarnish a country’s reputation globally and in the eyes of international human rights bodies.
Imposing death penalty will create fear in the hearts of people. As a result, potential criminals will think twice before committing a crime, whereas those who have transgressed would be sure to receive capital punishment. This would ensure equilibrium in the society. Moreover, awarding death penalty could result in a nearly crime-free society. A society that is free from crime would drastically improve the standard of living and make lives of citizens secure.
Awarding death penalty would actually lessen the burden on a jail’s material and financial resources. Resources dedicated for prisoners on death row could be freed up and channeled in other rehabilitative works for the jail’s general population. Consequently, criminals doing time for less severe charges could be rehabilitated and re-entered into society.
Contrary to the assurances promised by the imposition of the death penalty, it can mar a country’s image, especially trade and other ties of mutual benefit with developed countries. A country where capital punishment has been abolished, may frown upon other countries where death penalty is still in place. Similarly, the implementation of the death penalty can jeopardize the international humanitarian assistance received by a country from various international human rights agencies.
In conclusion, although awarding death penalty for violent crimes can ensure justice and tranquility in a society, it may do little to help promote a country’s reputation globally.