By: Elena Grace Flores
Law enforcers in the US are convinced that death penalty does more harm than good. The society is definitely better off without capital punishment. This will save the sanity of the surviving family members and the executioners themselves. It’s abolition will not have much effect on the crime rate either. Life in prison without parole in a maximum-security detention facility is a better alternative.
Eighty-eight percent of the US’s top criminologists do not believe the death penalty prevents homicide, which was published in the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology and authored by Professor Michael Radelet, Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and Traci Lacock, also at Boulder. There are numerous murder cases involving killers with mental illness. When a person is deranged, he or she will not have the opportunity to think about death penalty that can be the consequence of their action. In this case, a mental institution is needed than capital punishment.
87% of the expert criminologists in America also believe that abolition of the death penalty would not have any significant effect on murder rates. So, meaning to say despite the Philippines’ reinstating capital punishment, people can still be murdered because death penalty is not the real solution for preventing crimes. Better healthcare, more livelihood opportunities and government’s provision of quality public services can solve crimes.