The death penalty (also known as capital punishment) has been practiced for over hundreds of years. Over the years there has been many different ways of being put to death, from being hung to the electric chair and even being injected with poison. The death penalty is a costly and ineffective way to prevent crimes from happening. The death penalty should not be a ruling in the court of law.
“Since the 1977 resumption of capital punishment in the United States, nearly 1,100 convicted prisoners have been put to death in the thirty-eight US states where the practice remains legal. As of the beginning of 2007, approximately 3,350 people remain on death row in American prisons” (Ballaro). 1987 was the first time DNA evidence was used in a criminal trial. That is ten years after capital punishment was reopened for use. Who is to say that in those ten years DNA evidence could have exonerated any of the prisoners that were put to death. Even if only one person could have been acquitted, that is one more person that could have had their life.
One expert said “For better or worse, the law is the codified morality of society. While society is far from perfect, it reserves the ultimate judgment on the rule of law. Punishment is the only proven method to enforce the law” (Bowman). Punishment may be the only method that effectively works while trying to enforce the law, but there are many other forms of punishment than the death penalty, for one, life in prison. Life in prison strips a person from their family and friends, the only life they ever knew. Shouldn’t that be enough? A man does deserve to be punished if they murdered, raped, or any other number of crimes but a man does not deserved to be put to death. A man deserves to sit in a cell for the rest of his life, or however long the court decides, and have to live with what he did. If a man is put to death he is put out of his misery and that is not a real punishment.
Killing someone because they killed another human being is not showing that killing is wrong; it is showing the opposite. Two wrongs do not make a right. People learn best by example, so if the government is putting people to death, why is it not okay for a person to kill another if the government can? Putting a person to death would be the ultimate punishment. Not only would it punish the person that is being killed, it would also be punishing their family and friends. The family never did anything wrong but they are having a person that they love dearly ripped from their lives. By sentencing a person to death would be punishing more than just that one individual person. It would punish everyone and anyone that has ever loved and cared for them. Ballaro and Cushman Said:
Capital punishment is useless as a deterrent, morally indefensible, discriminatory in practice, and prone to errors that have likely led to the execution of some wrongfully convicted people. The "eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth" mentality underlying the death...