So, as of today, the Dallas Morning News has changed it’s 100 year stance on capital punishment. Due to the large number of DNA related exonerations that have taken place, the Dallas Morning News has declared that capital punishment is never justified.
How very interesting. Their reason? Because the justice system is imperfect.
How does an imperfect justice system make the death penalty wrong? Are innocent people being put to death? Possibly, but they were put there by a jury of their peers doing their best to dispense justice, making a decision according to the information available. How is that wrong? Imperfect, perhaps, but not wrong.
I say the death penalty, whether dispensed perfectly or imperfectly, is important. It is a deterrent, and if unused, looses all purpose. No one fears a punishment that is never used. The punishment must be greater than the crime to be an effective deterrent.
Perhaps DNA evidence should be required prior to sentencing a criminal to death. Time and technology will make the system more effective, but we can’t put justice on pause while we wait. Face it…we do the best we can with an imperfect system.
I for one support the death penalty. If someone commits a crime for which there is no restitution possible, an appropriate punishment must be delivered. Taking away freedoms (such as incarceration) does not count as restitution for taking a life, or otherwise destroying a life. A life for a life is just.
Our world is the way it is because far too many lack either the will or the moral fiber to do what needs to be done.
I believe in mercy, but the good of many comes first. While doing away with the death penalty might be merciful to those sentenced to die, it would be unmerciful to the victims and potential victims. If there were no appropriate consequence in place, more people would suffer. Mercy must be tempered with wisdom and justice.
You can read the article here: The Dallas Morning News.