Last week, a death row inmate in North Carolina was released due to exonerating DNA evidence after spending 30 years on Death Row! This made me think of all those people who say that death row inmates shouldn't get to spend years on Death Row before being executed, that there are too many appeals, that they should be executed sooner. If those people had their way, this innocent man would have already been dead.
After all, you can't free an innocent man when they're in the ground...
People tend to have very strong views on the subject of the death penalty, with some people strongly supporting it, while others vehemently opposing it.
The vast majority of civilized nations on earth have banned the death penalty. The United States is actually among the very few industrialized nations left that still has it.
So many questions come to mind when creating a dialogue about the death penalty. Is it a deterrent? Is "an eye for an eye" truly justice? Does a jury really have the right to decide who lives or dies? So many fascinating questions.
What are your thoughts on the death penalty?