Should the UK re instate the death penalty, and if so, for what crimes?
The death penalty is something that is rather unheard of in the UK, and this is because the death penalty is outlawed in the UK by the Murder (Abolition of the Death Penalty Act) 1965. This Act of Parliament banned the death penalty for crimes such as murder and criminals who were previously eligible for the death penalty could now only be sentenced to life imprisonment (particularly for murder) - however the death penalty still stood for crimes such as treason until 1998, when the death penalty was completely abolished.
However, this being said, I do believe that it was a mistake to abolish the death penalty in the UK, and I do believe that it should be re instated for crimes such as treason, murder, terrorism etc., purely because these criminals who betray the nation, who take lives and who intend to spread fear amongst a population of people for a political cause deserve to suffer the death penalty. These are the people that ruin lives and aim to destabilise the very society that we live in and so deserve the ultimate punishment.
To add to this, a question commonly asked by taxpayers is 'why should we pay for criminals to be cared for in prison?', which is an extremely fair question. Taxpayers should not have to pay for the incarceration of criminals who have been convicted of murder, of terrorism, of treason or of any other crime that is inhumane, infringes the rights of others or threatens the stability and security of society or the nation. Of course the death penalty has costs to it, but these costs are not recurring and occasionally are found to be less expensive over time.
Another worry put forward is that innocent people may be killed - which again is true. However, to prevent this from happening there should be a rigid system established in which multiple officials check the facts of the case and the facts of the law and determine whether or not the death penalty is fair for the case. It is also understood that between 0% and 2% that are killed are innocent, meaning that the number of innocent people killed through the use of the death penalty is very small.... (comments)