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Steven Bright, a human rights attorney, states, "It can be argued that rapists deserve to be raped, that mutilators deserve to be mutilated. Most societies, however, refrain from responding in this way because the punishment is not only degrading to those on whom it is imposed, but it is also degrading to the society that engages in the same behavior as the criminals." The Eighth Amendment in the Bill of Rights, exempts all unusual or cruel criminal punishments (Bill of Rights). Including exemption of extremely high bails, death by firing squad, being strangled, burned, etc. (Bill of Rights). The controversy here is if the Eighth Amendment includes or omits capital punishment. Capital ...view middle of the document...

" So realistically, there is no discouragement in the thought of maybe dying, especially in the case of passion crimes What gets people to pause is the thought of being caught and punished or life in jail (Green).
In addition, the severity of capital punishment is the ultimatum of a human being’s death. This is truly unfair since in certain cases, inmates are found to be innocent but it is too late. Unfortunately, this is what happened in the case of George Stinney Jr. George was a fourteen-year-old black boy who was executed in 1944 for allegedly killing two white girls in South Carolina (San Jose News). He was wrongly accused and later convicted with lack of evidence and an unsteady confession in a segregated society (San Jose News). Even if the case is reopened and Stinney’s name is cleared, justice can never be held for young Stinney and his family. One of the cruel realties of capital punishment is once your punishment is served, it is too late. Another is stated by Bryan Stevenson, a death row lawyer, “The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics."

Alternatives for capital punishment are endless. Life without parole is one of the most common. However, the best alternative for capital punishment is one where no murder happened at all (Ted). The truth is we cannot eliminate murders one-hundred percent, but we can do our best to prevent it. Research tells us that eighty percent of inmates on death row come from dysfunctional families (Ted). One hundred percent of those inmates has had some history with the juvenile justice system (Ted). In order to eliminate capital punishment, we must reduce the number of criminals who murder innocent human beings. In order to reduce the number of criminals we need to focus on the life stages they encounter before committing crime (Ted).

Primarily, we need to magnify the problem of capital punishment (Ted). We ought to focus on what occurs before the crime is even initiated. We must intervene in the lives of potential murders before murder, even becomes an option in their minds. Many times before someone becomes a murder, they undergo the juvenile years. More often than not, something occurs in those years that leads convicted murders to murder. Thus we need to efficiently spend more time and money enhancing early child development programs and specializing the juvenile bar (Ted). Having judges, lawyers, jury, and specialist who is well aware of critical juvenile situations enhances the possibilities of worse case scenarios. With...

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