Capital Punishment Essay: Criminals Can Think Twice Or Die Once

997 words - 4 pages

Capital punishment has been in effect since the 1600's (Cole 451). However, in 1972 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was cruel and unusual punishment, which was unconstitutional according to the Eighth amendment. It was public opinion that the current methods of execution, hanging, electrocution, and facing a firing squad, were too slow and painful upon the person to be executed (Cole 451). The U.S. Supreme Court reversed this decision when a "cleaner" way to bring about death was found in 1976. This "cleaner" way is death by lethal injection, which is quick and painless if administered right (Cole 450). Since capital punishment has been reinstituted many people have argued for and against capital punishment. Some say the death penalty is what the criminal deserves while others object to it because death is irreversible. I feel the death penalty is a good form of justice because only about 250 people a year get the death penalty and they are guilty beyond a doubt and don't deserve living with the possibility of parole. The sentencing judge or jury are ordered by the Supreme Court to look for "specific aggravating and mitigating factors in deciding which convicted murderers should be sentenced to death" (Cole 451). Some of these mitigating factors are the defendant's motivation, character, personal history, and most of all remorse (Costanzo).

Every year approximately 250 new offenders are added to death row. In 1994 there were 2,850 persons awaiting execution. Yet no more than thirty-eight people have been executed a year since 1976. This is a ridiculously low number compared to 199 persons executed in 1935 (all from Cole 451). The reason for this slow execution rate is the process of appeals, from sentencing to execution there is about a seven to eight year wait. The convict's cases' are reviewed by the state courts and through the federal courts (Cole 451). With all this opportunity for the case to be turned over or the sentence to be changed it is almost impossible for an innocent person to be executed. Only two people have been proved innocent after their execution in the United States. These wrongful deaths occurred in 1918 and 1949 (Death Penalty Discussion). Since then the justice system has undergone a lot of fine tuning making this extremely unlikely today.

One argument against the death penalty is that it costs less to imprison someone for life than to execute them (Death Penalty Discussion). This is a good point that has a lot of impact on a lot of peoples views regarding capital punishment since they are the ones footing the bill through taxes. I personally would not mind paying the little bit extra just so I know for sure that there's one less murderer on our planet. If the death penalty was done away with, prisoners who should have been executed will be mixed in with other inmates. It would be possible and not too unlikely for them to kill another inmate or...

Find Another Essay On Capital Punishment Essay: Criminals Can Think Twice or Die Once

Capital Punishment Essay: Christians and Capital Punishment

601 words - 2 pages Christians and the Capital Punishment   The restoration of the death penalty by the Supreme Court prompted statements of opposition by some Christians around the country. This essay reflects on these statements and draws the conclusion of their suitability and correctness in light of our Christian heritage and other secular, practical reasons.   These statements acknowledge that Christians of equally serious moral concern

Capital Punishment Essay: Retardation and Capital Punishment

793 words - 3 pages Retardation and Capital Punishment       One can agree (or not) with the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that the death penalty should not apply to retarded citizens because it violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against "cruel and unusual punishment," and still be troubled by the twisted road the court took to reach its destination. Reading the history of the Eighth Amendment shows that it proceeded from concerns over the

Capital Punishment Essay.

560 words - 2 pages Law 12 - LG #5Capital Punishment EssayI believe that capital punishment (the death penalty) should not be reinstated in Canada. Four main reasons for this argument are on the basis of deterrence, retribution, wrongful sentencing, and prejudice towards the accused person.Those people who think that deterrence justifies sending certain criminals to their death bear the burden of proving that the death penalty is a deterrent. The conclusion from

Capital Punishment: Right or Wrong?

2309 words - 9 pages slight mitigation of bodily restraint, or a small improvement of diet?” (Stewart 39). The retentionist view of the morals of capital punishment is straight forward. They are concerned with the sanctity of the victims life rather than that of the murderers. Theodore Roosevelt once spoke out on this subject when he was a colonel in the Spanish-Mexican War, scoffed at the idea that a criminals life was too precious to destroy. He declared

Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust?

1929 words - 8 pages Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust?      Can you imagine knowing the exact day, time, and place you were going to die, not to mention how your death was to come about? Day after day of mental pain just knowing that days, hours, minutes and even seconds from now you are going to be killed. The night before, tossing and turning, playing through your head just the way you imagine your death is going to be, asking yourself heaven or hell

Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust

1665 words - 7 pages Capital Punishment: Just or Unjust? University of Phoenix Trish Isabella Hopkins, MFA June 29, 2008 What comes to mind when the subject of capital punishment comes up? Is capital punishment justice or maybe vengeance? Is it torture or unjust punishment? To many people, capital punishment is just rewards for convicted felons. On the other hand others may think capital punishment is torturous and unconstitutional. The

Capital Punishment. Yes or no?

3654 words - 15 pages IntroductionAs 2005 comes to a close, governments around the world are about evenly split on whether or not their countries should have capital punishment (See Tables 1-2 and Figure 1). According to Amnesty International, 86 countries have abolished the death penalty completely, 85 still have the death penalty and 25 have the death penalty but have not used it for several years.1 The current situation can be viewed clearly on a map (See Figure 1

Capital Punishment: Ethical or Not

1773 words - 7 pages issue will be explained, through examination of various aspects of it, which include religious and financial considerations, whether the death penalty is a deterrent or not, and whether or not it can be regarded as justice.The greatest amount of debate over the death penalty comes from the Bible. Depending on whose interpretation one hears the Bible is for or against capital punishment. Both sides of the argument to support their own beliefs use

Legal Studies Essay– Capital Punishment

1873 words - 7 pages talks about capital punishment and God tells of it as a good punishment for crimes, however, we should be able to forgive people. Overall capital punishment should be allowed, as it is a suitable punishment in most cases and if people are allowed to take away babies lives, why shouldn't they be allowed to take away criminals lives that deserve to die. To understand all of this, first it must be understood what capital punishment is.According to

Persuasive Essay Against Capital Punishment

900 words - 4 pages Persuasive Essay Against Capital Punishment “Kill. (Verb) To make someone or something die.” Does anyone really think they have the right to take another person’s life? Apparently yes. Perhaps we should give the judge a knife and tell her that if she has decided that the accused is guilty, she should stab him herself. Perhaps then she would hesitate. But if many people (hundreds or thousands who operate the

Capital Punishment Essay: Christian Opposition

1105 words - 4 pages draw information regarding the practice of capital punishment: (1) sacred scripture and (2) the teaching of churches and synagogues through the ages. With them as a basis, we can make a theological analysis of our present day circumstances and draw what we believe to be sound conclusions.   From Sacred Scriptures: The book of Genesis addresses the same problem and conflict we face today. It is the tension between the inviolable sacredness

Similar Essays

Can Capital Punishment Be Justified? Essay

773 words - 3 pages . Also it gives them the feeling that the death has been avenged. A family will feel less pain if the killer dies like he should. It also makes criminals think about whether committing a crime is really worth their lives. When a killer stays in prison he takes up space in already over crowed prisons Capital punishment ensures peace of mind to the world because it ensures that murders will never kill again.

Is Capital Punishment A Human Way To Deal With Criminals?

1355 words - 5 pages Capital Punishment has been around for as long as there has been written language. It has been used all over the world, in different cultures, and has been executed in different styles. In the past, the death penalty was taken for granted for almost any crime you can think of (Garland). However in today’s society, the question has been asked if Capital Punishment is a humane way to deal with criminals. For most of recorded human history

Capital Punishment And Human Rights Does The Death Penalty Breach Human Rights? Can It Ever Be Justified?

1180 words - 5 pages by the victims of crime who go by the "eye for an eye" ideology of revenge. However, the purpose of the legal system is not to deal out revenge, but justice. The death penalty is just state-sanctioned murder and revenge.Every human has the right "to not be tortured or subject to any, cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment."2 Yet methods of capital punishment such as stoning, lethal injection and electrocution, are painful and slow, and can be

Capital Punishment Essay: Retain Capital Punishment?

706 words - 3 pages Capital Punishment - Retain or Not?         This essay tangles with the question of whether or not we should retain the death penalty within the American code of penal law.   There is a feeling of frustration and horror that we experience at the senseless and brutal crimes that too frequently disrupt the harmony of society. There is pain which accompanies the heartfelt sympathy that we extend to the victims' families who, in their