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Capital Punishment Capital punishment should not be reintroduced into Australia or any other country Capital punishment is a merely another name for legally killing people and no one not even the State has the authority to play God The death penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment and it has been statistically proven that it does not act as a strong deterrent to criminals There are many reasons why capital punishment should not be re-introduced into Australia or elsewhere Firstly I think we should give the convicted a chance to pay-back society Abolitionists believe that the wrongdoers should be made to compensate the victims family with the offenders own income from employment or community service I dare say that the criminal can achieve more alive than dead By working the criminal pays back society and also their victim or the victims family There is no reason for the criminal to receive any compensation for his work Money does not play a strong role in jail One of the most well known examples of the criminal contributing to the improvement of society is the case of Leopold and Loeb Leopold and Loeb were nineteen years old when they committed The Crime of the Century In 1924 they kidnapped and murdered a fourteen year old boy just to see what it was like They were both spared the death penalty and sentenced to life imprisonment Together they both achieved things such as working at hospitals teaching illiterates to read creating a correspondence school making large important developments in the World War II Malaria Project as well as writing a grammar book An inestimable amount of people were directly helped by Leopold and Loeb both of them making a conscious commitment to atone by serving others Why was capital punishment was stopped in the first place A strong argument might be because mainly Capital punishment is a barbaric remnant of an uncivilised society It
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