Life Imprisonment for Repeat Offenders should be Implemented
Murderer and rapist José Franco de la Cruz was released from prison after serving 21 years of his sentence. Within months of his release, he was rearrested by the police for an alleged sexual assault of a homeless girl. Repeat offenders should be banned from society; their sentence should be life imprisonment.
According to the study released by Human Rights Watch, the lethal injection, with which many are condemned to capital punishment, can cause huge suffering during one’s final agonies – contrary to what death penalty guards assert.
Moreover, the U.S. and China lead the ranking of countries with more death sentences. According Amnesty International, over 2,000 people were executed in death row in 22 countries and more than 5,000 people were prosecuted.
The death penalty seems not to worry political leaders, who are censured from this degrading practice. In the past 25 years, the number of countries who sentenced the condemned to the death penalty has declined by 50%. Mexico and Liberia are the countries that recently have eliminated the death penalty from its legislation.
In other countries, however, the death penalty is only applied in cases of urgency. The death penalty is applicable in nearly all African states, some Arab and Oriental countries, and Russia.
Critics assert that the death penalty is inhumane and turns the Government into an executor, preventing the repair of judicial slips that can be irreparable.
While in some developed countries the death penalty has been banned from legislation, Japan is not only opposed to follow this example, but has revived the death penalty in recent years. This reactivation of hangings – a cruel and medieval practice for such an advanced technological nation as the Empire of the Rising Sun is – has cost Japan the censorship from various human rights advocacy associations.
It is also argued that the death penalty was kept in all states throughout all times. This is not a valid argument though, because slavery also existed and today its abolition is looked upon as a social and moral achievement.
Finally, the UN Human Rights Commission ratified a resolution asking countries to ban the death penalty, and to protect the dignity and inalienable rights of every human person at every moment of his or her existence from conception till natural death. (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti).
Author and journalist Clemente Ferrer has led a distinguished career in Spain in the fields of publicity and press relations. He is currently President of the European Institute of Marketing.