IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Without capital punishment (the death penalty) our lives are less secure and crimes of violence increase. Capital punishment in essential to control violence in society.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
You should write at least 250 words.
You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
The death sentence tends to be a lightning rod for debate and discussion because the deep feeling and emotions as it evokes as it relates to living in a safe society. Every day we learn the news about many heinous crimes with the help of print or electronic media that leaves a deep mark of fear in the country’s collective consciousness. As a result many people still feel a strong need for death penalty to mitigate their fears of these crimes. I am of the honest opinion that the insanity of death penalty should be stopped as soon as possible.
To begin with, there is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty is a deterrent to the crimes they are intended to curb. As a matter of fact, in the states of USA where death penalty is banned there have been steadily lower rates of murder than in the states where there is death penalty instituted. Moreover, more and more states have dropped death penalty; the overall murder rate of America has consistently decreased.
Again, justice systems around the world are erroneous to some extent and wrong judgment takes place more often we would like to believe. Therefore, there is always a possibility of miscarriage of judgment results in wrongful and irreversible punishment to the innocent. The spirit of justice lies emphasis on to ensure no innocent people is convicted in any circumstance. The probability of punishing innocent people is sufficient to make the issue for repeal of death penalty.
To recapitulate, the champions of death penalty contend that “eye for an eye” approach deter crimes, and is the best way to provide justice to the affected people by heinous crimes. But the evidence tells different story. Therefore, I would like to say that the death penalty is not only barbaric but equally pointless.