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The Death Penalty: Social Justice or Social Injustice

Murder or justice! In my early years, I had not heard about criminals being executed by firing squad, lethal injection, electrocution, or gassing. Well, hanging and stoning used to be common in the movies. It was not a common practice, although, in other parts of the world, it used to be even till today. Recently, I saw a news article about Julius Jones and three other death row inmates, and it caught my attention. Glancing through the newspaper, I realized the need to write on this pertinent issue - why the execution of convicts as a punishment for committing heinous crimes should be abolished. 
It really felt annoying and sad, how painfully, four death row inmates’ appeal to stay their execution was rejected in a federal court of appeals in Oklahoma and how their request to intervene was denied. One of the inmates, Julius Jones’ lethal injection, which was scheduled for the next week, had made its way to the international headlines, which changed the whole situation. Various requests were made to Gov. Kevin Stitt to commute Julius Jones’s death sentence and spare his life, leading Stitt to consider a state parole board recommendation. 
I had to further dive into the matter with keen interest. It was interesting to realize that some states in the USA, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Bangladesh still punish convicts by execution
Well, I find it interesting to say that over the years, various debates and concerns have been raised about capital punishment as a matter of social injustice. Many concerns have been raised about the death penalty as an act of violence that destroys and degrades human dignity, human rights, and societal values. Into this discourse, we see just a few concerns about the effects of the death penalty on human society and the need for abolishing it and choosing other forms of punishment.
The death penalty, also called capital punishment, is a demoralizing act that degrades the value of human life and brutalizes society. It is corporal punishment of the highest degree given to a person who has committed a “heinous crime,” often murder. It is a social justice issue that calls for attention and reconsideration. This is because it is a problem that violates the sacredness and dignity of human life. By practicing the death penalty, humans become insensitive, and they do not express care towards preserving the dignity of human life.
I believe a higher percentage of humanity is against the death penalty. Why? Religious groups and human rights proponents value human life as sacred. In the Christian world, the Catholic Church states that “the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.” Every individual is valuable. We are stewards of God’s creation and descents of one man. We all connect through blood ties. Irrespective of our social, racial, economic, national, ideological differences, we are one human race. The Christian world admonishes nations to preserve the right to life by devising effective techniques to prevent and resolve conflicts peacefully. It further explains that any act of social injustice against humanity is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.
Permitting murder as a punishment is socially unacceptable, even if by the state. Capital punishment violates the value of human life and brutalizes society. It is only an act of revenge. It contradicts our belief in a possibility for change in humans. It reinforces the idea that killing can prove a better way of responding to those who offend us. It is not for the court to decide this. It is the sole decision of God. We are His property, and He values the life of each one of us. No one deserves this punishment for themselves or their children, even if they commit these heinous crimes. Why then will we administer this punishment to others in the name of deterrence? It is evident that in modern today, 
More effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.
I do not think reinforcement of the death penalty effectively builds healthier and safer communities. Criminal activities and terrorism have always been on the rise.
To put it bluntly, I think the death penalty devalues and demoralizes human life. This is because it violates the sacredness and dignity of human life. All humans have worth and are valuable and should be esteemed as such. The death penalty is a threat to human life. It selects who has the right to life and who does not while overriding any opportunity for change. Why execute the offender when in the long run, everyone dies? We should consider better alternatives in order to preserve human life.
The court system is fallible, and executing the death penalty can destroy innocent lives. When an individual is executed, their family goes through mourning just as the victim’s family did. Do you consider this justice? Well, for me, this is cruelty. 
I think capital punishment is expensive and illogical. As a plea for the greater good, some people may consider the death penalty a well-deserved method of punishment for the heinous crimes committed by the convicted. But we need to analyze the cost and time spent preparing for this death sentence. I believe the cost of the death penalty is more expensive than the cost of life imprisonment. It takes around thirteen (13) years to execute a death sentence. All around this time, the taxpayer keeps paying for all appeals. Money is being spent for the criminal to be put to death. 
To put it bluntly, I think the death penalty devalues and demoralizes human life. This is because it violates the sacredness and dignity of human life. All humans have worth and are valuable and should be esteemed as such. The death penalty is a threat to human life. It selects who has the right to life and who does not while overriding any opportunity for change. Why execute the offender when in the long run, everyone dies? We should consider better alternatives in order to preserve human life.

References

Contributor. USCCB. n.d. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. <https://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/life-and-dignity-of-the-human-person>.

Miller, Ken. ABC News. 14 November 2021. Associated Press. <https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/federal-court-rejects-oklahoma-death-row-inmates-appeal-81154795>.

Staff, Florida Catholic. 6 August 2018. Florida Catholic. 3 March 2022. <https://www.miamiarch.org/CatholicDiocese.php?op=Article_catechism-on-death-penalty-miami>

Mobi Generation

The cell phone in your hand is not to control you.
If you don’t want a teacher, your colleague student, friend, lover/’bestie’,whatever, siblings or parents to control you and give you lots of instructions, Why do you allow a material that cannot reason to control you?
My dear young one, control the mobile phone now. Or else you will regret someday, and you can’t blame the phone…

Use it to your benefit today.
Someday, you’ll reap those benefits…