should the death penalty be abolished?
No. The largest benefit of capital punishment is that it’s use can be used as a means gaining cooperation with known murderers. For example, if law enforcement has used forensics and other means of proof that a person has raped and killed people… they can use the threat of death as a way to get to an offender to admit what they did, admit to other murders, show the location of the victim remains, etc. When an innocent person has been murdered, their family is horrified, stunned and permanently harmed as well. Sometimes closure is the best help for them and the community at large. If someone admits their guilt, helps police find the remains for a decent burial, and goes to prison, everyone gets closure. Basically, it’s a way to stop a sociopath from playing games with everyone’s hearts and minds and let everyone begin to heal. Finally, capital punishment can be a deterrent for disgusting people and just enough to make them reconsider violence and abuse of innocents.