Here in the U.K people are campaigning to get the death penalty reinstated, but should it be? Those for the death penalty argue that if someone takes a life the government has the right to take theirs, this is know as lex talionis or “the law of retaliation”. However, I think killing a murderer lowers society to the level of the killer, when is taking a life right? I also think that life imprisonment is a harsher punishment than death because , even if the person is freed, it quite literally takes their lives away; they can’t even get jobs. Convicted murderers have even been known to kill themselves rather than face life in prison.