Claim/ first sub claim. Effects on murder victims families.

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.


11 thoughts on “Claim/ first sub claim. Effects on murder victims families.

  1. Hello Laine, I like how you started your blog with the first line in capital, although I’m not sure it should finish at of. Possibly keep it going until the end of the sentence or just capitalize ‘The thought of being executed’ might jus add a bit more emphasis if its done on certain words.
    Good use of facts and information.
    Just make sure your referencing is correct to APA

    Very interesting, an issue I’m sure most people find interesting in some form


  2. I like your topic. I totally agree with you that NZ law should give penalty dead sentence to killers. I heard many story that in NZ, it does not matter how many people got killed, the worse price for the murdesr just life sentence and then might reduce to 40, 50 years.Murders still got chance to be out and re-joint in the social. I think it is not fair too. How ever, when writing your topic, you may got into opposite request about forgiving… just be carefully consider and keep working. 🙂

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  3. Very interesting topic. I’m not sure how i feel about the death penalty. I’m half half right now. Should we respond to murder with murder ? I’ll follow the rest of your argument to see what your point is. It might help me decide what i think.


  4. Good clear introduction statement. I am personally undecided on the issue but my concern is that if the death penalty is reintroduced what will be the deciding factor of whether someone is sentenced to die or jail? Will it only be a legal option for certain crimes like murder? Or will it be available for sex offenders and other crimes as well? You have a very strong opinion on the topic and feel passionately that a murderer deserves death for taking a persons life make sure you remember to back it up with some evidence and take in to consideration all the legalities that this matter would bring if it was reintroduced into NZ. Good argumentative piece of writing so far, I’m interested to read more. =)


  5. A very interesting and controversial choice of topic, I like how decisive you are with your topic and that you are very assertive towards wanting the death penalty to become legal again.
    Although I am half-hearted about the issue, I look forward to the points you will be making in your upcoming arguments to give me more insight. I do agree that they families suffer traumatically due to their loss and that the killer is still able to live and I hear they get treated pretty well such as being supplied with a last dinner meal requested by the killer whereas the families are still grieving the loss.
    One thing I would say is that I remember we are advised to not use rhetorical questions (“granted yes they will be sent to jail but in some cases how long for??”) as they give an unanswered response and maybe more link anchors such as statistics of how many families go into deep depression post murder etc .
    Other than that, a great first sub-claim! Can’t wait to read the rest 🙂


  6. You have picked a pretty controversial topic so good on you for sticking to your guns haha! What you have written has been pretty good so far!
    Personally I don’t believe in the death penalty. One reason why is because wrongful convictions occur often. I see that you have talked about it in your counter claim which is really good! I also think this is probably the main reason that we can’t have the death penalty. Wrongful jail convictions I guess in someway can be compensated for, but a wrongful death conviction cannot. You said that jury, investigators and police will need to be 100% correct in all of their findings and conclusions. You are correct! But this is a lot easier said that done. I’m sure they are doing their very best at the moment and are 100% sure in most of their convictions, but wrongful convictions are still an issue. Human error is always a factor!
    Several of your statistics unfortunatley disprove your argument. In your recent statistics that talk about if NZers want the death penalty, a majority of the population are actually saying no. So I would be careful in using these to back your argument up. Also be sure to back information up so it doesn’t sound like personal opinions.

    Who’s to say that a victim’s family wants the murderer to die? Personally if someone murdered someone in my family I would want them to spend the life rotting in a jail and paying for their mistakes. Perhaps if we are so worried of murderers going up for bail or being released we need to consider harsher jail sentences for murderers/serious crimes etc.
    Also one of your subclaims is titled ‘an eye for an eye’. But don’t forget the rest of the saying ‘an eye for an eye makes the whole word blind.’
    Good luck in writing the rest of your argument! You have written some really interesting things. It’s only because you have such a controversial topic that people (like me haha) are writing so many counter points. But you’re doing good!! 🙂


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  9. Like everyone else I agree it is an interesting topic, and you make valid points. I found a lot of your links and statistics super interesting and I couldn’t help but wonder about the correlation between the low levels of gun ownership in NZ and the numerous gun safety requirements vs the obvious opposite to this which would be America. my only problem when considering the death penalty in any kind of context is; who are we, to decide whether another lives or dies? by enforcing the idea that we should repeat the initial action of taking a life (horrendous to say the least) what differs us from the killer? certainly we maintain a moral high ground in this instance but like others have mentioned, wrongful imprisonment is a huge issue. Considering the fact that once you execute some one if they are later proven innocent why isn’t the executor not then prosecuted? because it comes back to, if we justify the taking of a life once by death penalty why is not justifiable to do so again? an innocent man(or woman) has been killed by a man(or woman). does that not make him just as bad as the initial ‘killer’? the defense against the accidental death of an innocent man/woman by death penalty is a very murky line at best. This and many other reasons is why I believe the death penalty shouldn’t be enforced here in NZ or anywhere else. However, that being said I also believe that the systems put in place for rehabilitation are lack luster to say the least and the idea of reformation and reintegration into society is filled with holes also.


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