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In “Let’s hang murderers” (The Press September 21) Tom Mitchell calls for a referendum on the reintroduction of the death penalty. An eye for an eye and only death can pay for death – certainly these sentiments resonate with a significant number of the British population.
Moreover these voices are amplified in the immediate aftermath of horrific crimes such as those of the killings of the two policewomen in Manchester.
However, I will always remain vehemently opposed to any reintroduction of the death penalty.
Firstly, because there is a fundamental contradiction in the state declaring that killing a person is a morally abhorrent crime and then emphasising this by killing people as punishment.
Secondly, because death as a punishment is final, the criminal doesn’t suffer anymore, but their family and those close to them do – people who are free of any wrongdoing.
And finally, because no judicial system can ever be 100 per cent successful at convicting the guilty party, and when the penalty is the termination of life, the wrongful conviction of even one innocent person is too high a price to pay.
Tom Crisp, Princess Drive, York.