Pros & Cons of The Death Penalty

Created by meggiem on 03/31/2012

Regardless of the crime committed, should it be the government's responsibility or right to ultimately decide whether or not a human life should be taken? Is it justifiable, is it hypocritical to punish someone who has taken a life (or lives) by in turn taking their life? There is no easy answer to this issue and are legitimate arguments on both sides. Let's sort this out by pros and cons....


1.  The taxpayer dollars are no longer going to support the care for these heinous individuals. Also helps to reduce the overpopulation problems in our prisions.

Con Weight

2.  Harsh punishment of this kind would serve as a deterrent for future crimes committed.

Con Weight

3.  Peace of mind can be brought to those families devastated by these criminals, with the safety of knowing that these people have no possibility of hurting again.

Con Weight

4.  With new technology and DNA testing we can be extra certain that the true criminal will be put to death.

Con Weight


1.  In reality the cost of the execution process and the many appeals is far greater than a life in prison sentence.

Con Weight

2.  The "deterrent" theory is debatable. Serial killers, rapists, molesters etc. would rarely consider their potential demise via Capital Punishment prior to committing crimes. Criminals usually operate with the belief they will not be caught.

Con Weight

3.  Putting to death a criminal can not "un-do" the crimes they have committed. Perhaps a better use of funding could be put toward prevention of similar crimes by potential offenders and training special forces to detect threats.

Con Weight

4.  There is always the possibility that innocents could be convicted and put to death. Many of these people may also mentally ill.

Con Weight

5.  The death penalty is an out-dated, old fashioned and barbaric form of government. Shame and ridicule is brought upon those countries still employing this method. The United States stands in line on this issue with many of the backwards countries that are

Con Weight

  • Balanced results

    calculates based on both emotional weights, rational weights and user opinions

  • Emotional results

    calculates based only on emotional weights, and user opinions

  • Rational results

    calculates based only on rational weights, and user opinions

Rate This List:

  • Currently 3.0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

  • Save List
  • Share List Email List
  • Bookmark and Share