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论死刑
 
关于死刑的争论,有两种相对的观点。其一观点,强调声张正义。另一观点则立于人性的爱。不过大多数人的意见,好像居于二者之间。
 
反对死刑的论点大多来自人道与宗教各界。他们认为以眼还眼的古老原则,不能适用于今天, 是以无法接受处死活人的实施。死刑一途并不能阻止犯罪的发生。无期徒刑可取代死刑。真正执行死刑之事,应该是属于过去的历史。这种观点已经广受理解。全世界有百分之60的国家,包挂欧盟,已前后取消极刑。
 
另一方面,坚持执行死刑的意见者,大有人在。历史上,几乎每个社会都有死刑的存在,功在有效阻止重罪的发生。道理很简单。如果把罪大恶极的分子铲除,社会中的良民才有安宁。该死的人死了,就永远不能犯罪,免得监狱里作乱,越狱,或经释放后重新做乱。因此,死刑一旦确定,越快执行越好,免得重犯白吃公粮,造成财务损失。
 
综观死刑之利弊,死刑的执行应该是极不得以之措施。看来,死刑势在必行,不过一定要经过谨慎和公平的审判。作奸犯科,杀人贩毒,如果罪无可赦,理当处死,以免嫁祸人间。理智的司法当然要辨别轻重。有的无可救药,有的虽然犯罪,也许情有可原。
 
 
 
 
English version
IELTS topic about "Capital Punishment"
Writing task 2
by Mr. Jenn Lee Hsieh
 
 
About death penalty, two extreme cases may be made.  One is made on the need to see justice done.  The second is based on humane love.  Most people nowadays, it seems, stand somewhere in between.
 
The rejection of capital punishment is actively voiced by mostly human rights and religious sectors.  For them, it is not acceptable to execute a person, the practice being the old-fashioned principle of "an eye for an eye."  It is argued that death penalty alone does little to prevent crimes from taking place.  As an alternative, "life without parole" is recommended.  In other words, capital punishment is simply out of date.  This view appears to have been gaining votes around the world.  As of now, more than 60 percent of countries and states, including the European Union, have ruled out the practice.
 
The defense of capital punishment has a different story.  Death penalty has historically been practiced in virtually every society, serving as a real deterrance to serious crimes.  The logic is obvious.  It removes the worst criminals from society and should prove much safer for the rest of society.  It is also self-evident that dead criminals cannot commit further crimes, either within prisons, or after breaking jail, or after being set free.  The execution makes economic sense as well, and the sooner the better, because of huge cost involved in long keeping dangerous criminals behind bars.
 
In consideration of the controversy, death penalty can only be viewed as a "necessary evil."  In the name of justice, execution must sometimes apply, although in a different manner and with a careful and fair trial. Thus, once convicted, horrible killers, series rapers, and other big-time evil-doers trapped in drug trafficking and organized crimes, do not deserve a prolonged life. It is, nevertheless, always advisable to distinguish really dreadful crimes and those crimes, while still homecide, are much more understandable.