What are some of the arguments used for and against capital punishment? How does the ethical debate on capital punishment touch on the issues of the value of human life, human rights, and human dignity?
Capital punishment continues to be one of the most controversial issues confronting society. Proponents argue that the most heinous crimes deserve to be punished as severely as possible, often quoting scripture to justify their views. They also express outrage at the length of time it takes to exhaust the appeals process.
Opponents argue just as vehemently that capital punishment is tantamount to murder, and that there is no justification for executing criminals, regardless of the acts which have been committed. Recent advances in DNA testing have fueled the controversy, as some death row inmates have been exonerated as the result of DNA tests.