First Republic Day parade on 1st October 1950. Image source: Link
Why should we abolish the Death Penalty? What is wrong with the Death Penalty? When the United States first struck down the death penalty in Furman v. Georgia, Justice Marshall said that if people only knew how the Death penalty was actually inflicted they would find it shocking, unjust and unpardonable. There are many reasons why you may oppose the Death Penalty. You may believe that it’s wrong to take life. You may feel that life is something that is God-given, it can only be taken by God. Or if you are more secular-minded, you may believe that there are limits to the state’s power. Can the state take a life? In the social contract, is that something we allow the state to do? You may believe that the Death Penalty is error-prone, it is far from fallible. You may believe it is irreversible, unlike other punishments. You may believe it is arbitrarily imposed. The Supreme Court has now restricted the Death Penalty to the rarest of rare cases. And even after the Supreme Court inflicts the Death Penalty, many of those cases are subsequently commuted by the government.