for me its like a cycle, bad things happen and someone feel like they have to take that pain on the one who caused it, or another. For the most part though, it depends on if they actually did the crime their commited of, and what they get for their crime.
though we do have crooked people all over the court system, sometimes mistakes are made, and sometimes its done on purpose. Its not really fair to put someone behind bars if it was in self defense, or accidental. thats something that cant be avoided, so they should get a punishment, just not of a high caliber
however if someone gets away from the crime they commit, that isnt fair to the one that has been done wrong. They should have some kind of punishment, for an evil if not disturbing crime, and their punishment should be on the highest level
though i will say i dont like my taxes going into something if its for the wrong reasons and people of that crime and punishment
I don't care if anyone disagrees with me on the last part, since only about 2% (That's kind of pushing it too) of the USC and Canadian population actually understands how the legal system is run. Just remember this one fact life is a game if you research and understand how the game is played you can succeed. If you don't take the time to learn you'll fail.
There are some cases where I'll support the death penalty. Some violent criminals are better off dead... It's not a way to get revenge; it's to keep society and other people safe.
But in most cases I do not support it. Even if there was a child-molesting, baby-killing, serial-murdering, kitten-torturing, communist- I think it would be better off to keep him locked away in some asylum and study him to learn more about the psychology of such people.
I HATE the dp with a passion, you know, hundreds of years ago, before there was Australia, the UK had a GREAT idea, send them off to some far off island and if they get back they earned it and I'll even throw in diplomatic immunity.
I agree with Aceman and the others who say the death penalty is warranted for murderers and the like. "He who kills by the blade shall be killed by the blade," so says the Christian bible. I don't think eye for an eye works for everything. If you steal from me, I'll be pissed, but not enough to steal, or chop off a hand--although my PSP being stolen made me want to take a finger or two, LOL. (joke)
Theives and other petty criminals get what they deserve in the long run, but I believe it's just if a murderer is sentenced to death (by the judicial system, not a vigilante).
Ordinary citizens? I don't believe this world contains anything but. No person is above or below any other person, nor have they the right to decide who dies and when, and for what purpose. We have chosen to give others this power, but for what reason I do not know. Perhaps it is the cowardice that prevents us from dealing with our own issues, on our own terms. Make it the responsibility of someone else, how I detest that cowardice. I myself can never truly wish death upon another, no matter the offense. To live a life of repentance does more good than to sentence someone to death anyway. Any person who repents wholeheartedly, earns my forgiveness. Life is too short to allow things like anger and grudges to take hold of you. I also have no interest in being a hypocrite, so to despise a killer, only to in turn; kill said killer? How foolish do I look then? Live your life to repent for your wrong doing, death is not a just consequence.
I do believe in an eye for an eye but not for everything (regarding bad deeds) and a more limited death for a death ,i mean someone who dares to cross the line set by God and end a life that its time hasn't drawn near yet is already passing beyond the extreme deeds of what God can forgive us for ,so punishing a murderer by killing him/her (and not anyone else who is related to the killer) is just the right thing (it's also mentioned in Quran ,i'm a muslim) to do because a person who have killed someone before won't have a problem doing the same again not to mention it'd be much easier next time for the killer to kill (if he/she ever had any hesitations before) ,and locking he killer in a cell won't bury the deep feelings of the people who care about the victim ,we're just humans in the end so we do as close as we can to the judicial rules set by God.