I've heard a lot about both sides of the story. People say it's inhumane to kill another person but others say it is just as bad leaving them to rot for life. Would you rather have the peace of mind that a dangerous man was gone from this world for good? Or would you rather have the satisfaction knowing that they're in a place where they won't be able to reach you, but still alive?
Most Helpful Girl
I think it's always worth it to try and rehabilitate the person. I'm a determinism, so I don't think there's intrinsically such a thing as 'good' or 'bad' people, we're all a product of our biology and our experiences. Therefore punishment for punishment's sake makes no sense because hurt people hurt people. The point of a life sentence should be for everyone to be kept safe, and for the criminal to improve themselves. They've lost their freedom, that's enough of a punishment for anyone, but it shouldn't be for punishment's sake, only for the safety of society. Once imprisoned the criminal should be safe and treated with dignity, despite whatever they've done, because as a society we are more humane than to torture anyone. They could be able to improve themselves; gain education, work (remember, prisoners in the US for example are a big part of the labour force), receive counselling; be able to live their lives without being a danger to others.
Yes, you could argue that losing your freedom might be worse than a death sentence. But the death sentence must never be allowed for the simple reason that there's the possibility of a miscarriage of justice. You can't risk killing the wrong person; there's no coming back from that.
Even if the death were painless, making somebody kill somebody else is inhumane to the executioner; imagine the effect killing a person would have on them. Causing harm to others is bad for people's mental health, and bad for society in general because it normalises the idea that harming people can be justified. If there is an alternative that causes less harm, we should take it.1
Most Helpful Guy
The life sentence is a silly thing that must exist until we can prove without shadow of a doubt that a man has committed a wrong.
The death sentence is a silly thing that must exist until we can prove without shadow of a doubt that a man cannot escape our prisons.1