The thought of being executed is no doubt always in the back of some criminals minds when they are about to be sentenced. But here in New Zealand that is no longer a fear factor. Should the death penalty become legal in New Zealand after it was abolished for murder in 1961. Yes.
It should be reintroduced to New Zealand.
Effects on victims’ families:
In 2013 concerns of cost cutting in New Zealand courts has triggered an increase in plea bargaining, where defendants plead guilty to a lesser charge in return for a more lenient sentence. Critics are saying more killers are getting away with a manslaughter conviction rather than murder conviction.
But what about the families of victims who just want justice! They deserve closure. In some cases knowing that the killer is getting or trying to get a plea bargain to lessen their sentence is unfair. They took another person’s life and yet they still get the chance to live. Granted yes they will be sent to jail but in some cases it all depends on how long for. They still get to live and breathe every day while families out there mourn the loss of a loved one. The death penalty can give some reassurance knowing that the killer won’t be given a chance for parole, or to be let out of prison and having the opportunity to kill again.
In a report about murder victim’s families and the emotional trauma they go through, it was noted that nothing in life prepares families for the day when a loved one is murdered. They suffer a mix of grieving emotions, guilt, anger and pain. For those who cannot imagine a life without their loved one, ideas of suicide become common. By a murderer taking one’s life it is possible that the pain that murderer has caused could lead to suicide attempts of others. This possibility has the ability to become a never ending cycle with each murderer that occurs. But yet the killer is still able to stay alive.
In 2013 TV3 did a poll on the death penalty in New Zealand. The question asked was:
“Would you support the reintroduction of the death penalty in the worst cases where guilt is certain?”
- Yes 38%
- No 55%
- Don’t know 7%
TV3’s report found that although in the past three years the murder rates were lowering, New Zealand is still seeing about 40 murders a year. With every new murder an influx of calls to radio stations from New Zealand residents are to discuss the reintroduction of the death penalty.