An eye for an eye, will make the whole world blind
The death penalty -
the arguments for and against (Seen with British eyes)
Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15007511, This page was made on Wednesday 21st September 2011
In some countries it is legal to kill someone if they have committed a terrible crime.
This is called a death sentence, or the death penalty.
It is not legal in Britain. There are lots of reasons why people think it's right or wrong.
Here are some of the arguments:
Arguments for the death penalty
If someone murders someone else, they have given up their human rights, including the one to stay alive themselves.
The punishment should 'fit the crime' - if you have killed someone, you should be killed too
Giving a killer the death sentence will stop them - and others - doing it again
The very small chance of executing the wrong person is balanced by the benefits to society of putting off other murderers
Arguments against the death penalty
The death penalty goes against our most basic human right - the right to life
Being killed by lethal injection or being electrocuted is not always smooth and painless, sometimes it causes a painful death
No-one has ever proven with numbers that killing murderers stops other people committing similar crimes
Mistakes are sometimes made in the law - what if someone is killed who is actually innocent?