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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 2 2013: I firmly believe in punishment, I firmly believe in life-long imprisonment, and I firmly believe in the death penalty for certain cases. If someone commits mass-murder, such as perhaps the Boston Bombers or the Columbine shooters, then there is no reason why I should "feel sorry for them" and let them free only after a few years of punishment. You think they felt sorry for their victims?
    If someone drives home drunk and strikes a car with a family, killing or seriously injuring a child or parent, then I believe they should be punished for a long period of time. Yes, they might feel bad and sorry and whine about how they didnt mean to do it, but they DID do it. They made that very poor decision, they had no concern for the other drivers.. Why should we have concern for him and what HE wants? You get what you give.

    In fact, I think rapists should have one of their balls cut off, and if they commit rape again, their entire penis should go.
    Cold-blooded murderers like thugs should have a hand chopped off, and if they repeat their offense, chop the other off. Let's see them commit murder again.
    • Jul 3 2013: Yes i know that the person(s) convicted for such heinous crimes like mass murder are totally bad and seems as if theres no excuse for them to continue living and therefore should face the death penalty. Yes this is bad and he should receive harsh punishment .
      But my concern is, do we have the power to just decide how a human should live however bad they did? Is the power in our hands to decide the fate of another human? I do not think this is morally right.

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