The recent case of the Alex Murdaugh double murder trial has brought up the question again as to whether the death penalty would be appropriate. In today’s world, it can be difficult to make the case for conservatism without supporting the death penalty. But there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the death penalty is not only an ineffective form of punishment, but that it is also morally wrong. Conservatism should not necessarily include support for the death penalty, and it is important to recognize the flaws in this form of punishment.
First and foremost, it is important to understand the ineffectiveness of the death penalty. Studies have shown that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime and does not reduce the number of homicides. In addition, the death penalty is a costly form of punishment, with some estimates putting the costs of a single execution at $50 million. This is money that could be better spent on other forms of punishment or crime prevention.
Second, it is essential to recognize the moral implications of the death penalty. The death penalty is incompatible with the values of decency and respect for human life that are at the heart of conservative ideology. As such, it is important for conservatives to reject the death penalty and to instead focus on finding more effective and humane forms of punishment. In another blog article, I posted about the importance of being consistent. How can one say “life is sacrosanct” when discussing abortion, and turn around and support the death penalty? That is not being consistent.
Finally, it is important to emphasize that there are other forms of punishment that can be just as harsh and effective as the death penalty. Incarceration, for instance, can be used to both punish and reform criminals, while also providing restitution to victims and their families. Furthermore, there are a variety of non-capital punishments that are just as effective and cost-efficient, such as life without parole, which can ensure that criminals are held accountable for their actions without resorting to the death penalty.
Alex Murdaugh was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the opportunity for parole. He will die in prison, unless his appeals win.
It is important for conservatives to recognize the flaws in the death penalty and to reject its use. By doing so, conservatives can maintain their commitment to fiscal responsibility, while also upholding the values of decency and respect for human life that are at the core of their ideology. Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your point of view in the Reply section below.
5 responses to “Why Not the Death Penalty”
Some crimes are so heinous that the death penalty is the only appropriate response. I don’t support the death penalty for domestic murders — it’s probably worse punishment to keep them alive.
Interesting how you state that some crimes are so heinous that only the day penalty is appropriate and later state that incarnation for life is probably worse.
I had no idea an execution can cost so much. I suppose that cost is including the trial from the very beginning to the actual execution and burial, etc.
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Death penalty always costs more than life incarnation. There are a lot of court filings etc.
Free up the court to do other things. Give them the rest of their natural life to repent. Save us some money. Win, win, win.
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It is hypocritical to kill a person for killing another person. That is all.