What Do We Want the Face of Justice to Look Like?

The question is not whether death penalty should be abolished or not. The question lies in that the consented society considers sentencing death to a human being as the highest form of punishment, and for that reason capital punishment is often subject to scrutiny and elaborate inspections. Admittedly, punishments are forms of seeking justice. Even so, it is pivotal to understand that the justice system serves the purposes of isolation, retribution, rehabilitation, and social standard; without the pro-executionists’ favoured argument that leaving the ultimate sentence on the table serves as a deterrent, this form of supposed “justice” fails to acknowledge social standard and rehabilitation — leaving only retribution and permanent isolation.

So the real question is, what do we want the face of justice to look like?

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