- May 23, 2021
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I'd have the death penalty if it was up to me.From a purely pragmatic perspective, what's the difference? It seems like society would be better off without having to incur those costs?
The arguments against it are what if you execute an innocent person. This is small possibility, but on average at least one person a year is murdered by a murderer that has previously been convicted and then released from prison. The rate at which false convictions happened would likely be far less than this.
The way to prevent this would be never to release murderers. I've spoken to prison officers who've said this would cause chaos in prisons as the most violent prisoners would have no incentive to behave well, as alot of murderers are released after 15 years. Then there is the cost to society you mention, think it's around £45k per year per prisoner.
It's a really difficult subject and I'm instinctively inclined to be against it but on balance I'm in favour of it, but I can understand why someone might feel differently.