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Should death penalty/life imprisonment be banned?

Hi everyone, ive a concern about death penalties. Death penalties are punishment for very serious offences(eg smuggling cocaine etc) in many countries. Yes, they can be a major drawback for anyone who wants to commit a crime, thus dramatically bringing crime rates down. However, my concern is, is it right for the government to take away one's life just like that? I do not think that it is very reasonable as this is our own life and i feel that nobody should take away other people's life just like that.
Instead, i feel that death penalties should be replaced by life imprisonment. However, i still feel that life imprisonment is also another violating of human rights. I feel that at least during imprisonment, they should be given productive work to do , and the imprisonment periods can be shortened if the prisoner shows good attitude(which some country has). Life imprisonment or death penalty is simply morally wrong to me. Nobody should be denied of life. Hows that different from killing an animal or locking an animal in a cage. Many did these serious offences in a matter of folly, this does not mean it can be assumed that they will have these same attitude throughout their lives and should be locked up so as to prevent further damage to the society. If they can show sustained good attitude and improvement, their sentences should be reduced and they can even provide some contribution to the community after release.
I would like to get some feedback on my views


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  • Jul 1 2013: So I agree your moral fundamentals, but we must not overlook the fact that true justice ought to serve two proposes: 1) to rehabilitate (or reeducate if you will) the criminal and then restore it to society as a "decent citizen", and 2) repair the damage and/or compensate the victim, when ever possible and as much as possible. Punishment (prison) should only be applied for people who shows no signs of regret or doesn't do any progress in the rehabilitation process.

    Just a brief example of how I think a truly just legal system should work: Imagine someone who commits homicide, if you give them the death penalty none of the justice goals are fulfilled, it is more of a kind of revenge, if you put them to serve a life in prison none of the goal is fulfilled either... but what if instead we make that person to provide the family of the dead person with food and shelter for a life time, that without neglecting their own family, I think that servers better the two goals I talked about first. So if you kill someone you automatically get the responsibilities of a second family but without the benefits, besides of the supervision and control of the state on your "providing habitability". I'm sure some people will argue this kind of legal system is impractical and maybe they are right, but think it is a more fair and just approach and worth exploring.

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