It depends on the case. If there is proof beyond reasonable doubt that an individual committed a brutal crime, then I support capital punishment by any means. However, with all the advances today in criminal investigations – particularly DNA analysis – cases have come to light where we incarcerated innocent people.
I support capital punishment – especially lethal injection, which I think is more humane than the electric chair. It may seem unethical and immoral to some, but the criminal in question is a danger to society. He/she consciously took someone else’s life and we cannot let that go in vain.
No. If someone is convicted of intentional murder, they deserve capital punishment. This will set an example for others who are thinking of committing crimes. In addition, a life sentence for killers is a waste of taxpayer money.
– Elisheva Heyman, speech therapist
I don’t think methods like lethal injection or the electric chair cause suffering – they’re relatively quick and painless processes. If you do the crime you must face the consequences. It’s not like in other countries where one ruler decides a person’s fate; here a jury of one’s peers decides after long deliberation whether a person is guilty.
– Esther Ingber, director of alumni and special projects, Touro College
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