An original essay
by Edward Fagan
Capital-punishment, its role
Capital-punishment always serves its intended purposes when a legally founded court enforces it against deserving persons. This form of punishment achieves several worthy objectives which no other form of punishment can ever achieve.
An executed murderer suffers justly, what his victim suffered unjustly. He can never commit murder again, but he could if sent to prison instead. Relatives and friends of the victim thus experience the maximum sense of justice.
Society, consequently, benefits from this as it has one less murderer to worry about. The economy benefits through not having to spend time, money and other resources on his upkeep in prison. The death penalty helps discourage others from committing murder. It would discourage more from this crime if they would perform it publicly.
Anti-death penalty supporters, however, disagree with this view. They are fighting for ending the death penalty on grounds that it does not prevent murder.
They are not fighting, equally, for the closure of prisons on those same grounds. Prisons allow murderers to return to society and become repeat murderers.
Imprisonment, therefore, does not prevent murder, it encourages it. It thus seems true that the anti death penalty supporters should also call for the closure of prisons. Failing to do this, they should allow the death penalty to continue, as they do prisons.
by Edward Fagan
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