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What would the world be like if the guilty was punished Great if in that world we could punish only the guilty and not the innocent Thousands of innocent people have found their demise through our justice system For this reason and this reason alone we should not allow capital punishment to implement itself on society For if we do we are making a grave mistake Humans alone dont hold the power to justify which punishment is proper We are rational beings who should think sensibly when making serious decisions about the existence of life in itself Wethe society should be the jury and the judge but not the executioner of someone who commits a crime Only God can be the executioner A forward-looking justification of punishment aims its goals to better the society of the future Two examples of this type of justification are deterrenceof the future criminals and reformof present criminals Claims have been made that capital punishment deters future murderers and hence saves or spares the lives of future victims Is this possible If there is any validity to the deterrence argument it is negated by the endless appeals delays and retrials that keep the guilty awaiting their death for years on end If society cannot deter a would-be criminal by a life-sentence in prison then that criminal wont be deterred by the death penalty either So in my opinion capital punishment is not necessary for deterrence What about reform In my eyes its the only effective treatment with enough force to actually change the criminal if it changes them at all Whether it be psychotherapy or detainment in a penal institution reform gives the offender in question another chance at life--even if it means spending the rest of it in prison Reform in the end is the only way to justifiably punish someone without taking their life Utilitarianism is a moral theory that states an action is right if and only
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