Should The Death Penalty Be Mandatory?

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When I first signed up for this philosophy course, I didn’t do it because I wanted to, but instead because it is a required course for my major. I honestly thought that it would be a boring course, and it would be super hard to get a good grade. However, as the course progressed, it turned out to be the only class that kept my attention the full semester, and I believe the main reason for that, was that I was interested in the subjects and learning other people point of view and opinions on the subject. When we were discussing the death penalty although my opinion didn’t change, after hearing what some of my classmates had to say about the subject during our lab I was able to respectfully see why they had those thoughts and feelings about the subject. I believe that we should have the death penalty, and that it helps prevents more crime from happening. However, during our lab students that thought we should ban the death penalty had some pretty interesting reasons behind their opinion. They mentioned how not only does the person on death row suffer from the death penalty, but how the family of the person put on death row suffer as well, and how it isn’t fair to them that they suffer. When forming my opinion (my opinion still stands), I failed to think about who else the death penalty would affect. I was only thinking about the “criminal” himself, and not about anybody else who “cares” about them. For example a criminal mother suffers when their child is put on death row,
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