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  The death penalty - right or wrong?
Updated 15 March 2002, 10.34

Many American states still use the death penalty as the ultimate punishment.

Does it prevent crime? Is it right that a government can take the life of any person, even a criminal?

Or perhaps you feel it is right and we should have the death penalty in this country.

Let us know what you think:

Unfortunately this topic is now closed but there are Comments pages on other subjects on the main Chat index.

opening quoteWhat would happen if someone was executed but then later found innocent? Why not keep these criminals locked behind bars, that way they can think about what they have done by not seeing the outside world!closing quote
Laura, 13, Reading

opening quoteFor people to be incarcerated for the rest of their lives is a worst punishment than death. The penatly for murder in the UK is too short!closing quote
iain, 13, Hamilton

opening quoteFor people to be incarcerated for the rest of their lives is a worst punishment than death. The penatly for murder in the UK is too short!closing quote
iain, 13, Hamilton

opening quoteIt is wrong to take a human life - no matter what they have done in the past. Only God can take a human life.closing quote
Bethany, 13, High Wycombe

opening quoteNobody ever talks about the person this man killed. All I ever hear is how awful the death penalty is, and how it's wrong. Why doesn't someone talk about the woman that he raped and murdered?closing quote
Emilie, 15, London

opening quoteI don't agree with the death penalty. Whoever is killed is put out of their misery, but their family is made into victims. closing quote
Sarah, 14, Birmingham

opening quoteThere have been too many cases in the U.S. where people have been sentenced to death, then later it was dicovered they were wrongly accused.closing quote
Reece, 14, Vancouver, Canada

opening quoteWhy not just let them live with their guilt behind bars for the rest of their life and let the afterlife deal with them?closing quote
Morgan, 16, Kentucky, USA

opening quoteThey should be put in jail not killed but life sentences should mean life!closing quote
Paula, 12, Greenock

opening quoteNo one has the right to decide if people should live or die, but what about people like Osama bin Laden? Should he put into jail and have his followers attack us or should we kill him and have him go down in his people's history as a martyr who died for his country? closing quote
Lauren, 15, London

opening quoteAll killing is wrong no matter how much someone deserves it!closing quote
Jessica, 12, Fleet

opening quoteWe should have a penalty for murderers because they're just pure evil to have killed another person.closing quote
Gemma, 11, Swindon

opening quoteLife imprisonment is better than the death penalty, because the criminals suffer in their cell for the rest of their lives.closing quote
Victor, 11, Prestwood

opening quoteThe government of any country has no more right to take a life than the convict himself.closing quote
Heather, 14, Aberdeenshire

opening quoteYou take a life, you owe your life. Murderers should suffer for what they have done wrong.closing quote
Shelley, 12, London

opening quoteI'm totally against the death penalty - no one deserves to die, however bad they are. closing quote
Natalie, 13, Lincoln

opening quotePeople who kill people and admit that they killed them should face the consequences. closing quote
Lewis, 11, Turriff

opening quoteIt is not right for anyone to decide who can live and who can't, what if they are really innocent you can't give them their life back! closing quote
Charlie, 14, Bury

opening quoteSome people have been accused of murder and have been killed. Then at a later date they have been found not guilty. I think that the risk of this happening is too big. closing quote
Kathryn, 13, London

opening quotePeople who murder others don't deserve to live closing quote
Darren, 13, Stoke


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