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Have you ever thought about if the person next to you is a killer or a rapist? If he is, what would you want from the government if he had killed someone you know? He should receive thedeathpenalty! Murderers and rapists should be punished for the crimes they have committed and should pay the price for their wrongdoing. Having thedeathpenalty in our society is humane; it helps the overcrowding problem and gives relief to the families ofthe victims, who had to go through an event such as murder. Without thedeathpenalty, criminals would be more inclined to commit additional violent crimes. Fear ofdeath discourages people from committing crimes. If capital punishment were carriedVIEW DOCUMENT
1293 words - 5 pagesThedeathpenalty, a constant source of controversy and divided opinion, is the punishment ofdeath given to criminals who commit severe crimes. As the severity of crimes that attract thedeathpenalty is debatable, so is its correctness and effectiveness. The justice system is based upon punishment for crimes committed with emphasis on the punishment fitting the crime. Countries such as China and Singapore have used it to punish drug traffickers and therefore fuelled debate on how fitting the punishment is in such cases. For all it aims to achieve, thedeathpenalty has well documented weaknesses, not least of which is its brutality and finality, and it is these frailties that lead to theVIEW DOCUMENT
589 words - 2 pagesTheDeathPenaltyThe first known execution in the United States of America was of Daniel Frank, put to death in 1622 in the Colony of Virginia for the crime of theft. Since then thedeathpenalty has almost always been a feature ofthe criminal justice system, first in the American colonies and then, after independence, in the U.S.Legal challenges to thedeathpenalty culminated in a 5 to 4 U.S. Supreme Court decision Furman v. Georgia in 1972, which struck down federal and state capital punishment laws permitting wide judgment in theVIEW DOCUMENT
1039 words - 4 pagesThe Abolishment oftheDeathPenalty
As Americans we live in a modern republic under a government constructed to secure the rights ofthe people. Today’s government and judicial systems were forged by our founding fathers as they fought to establish a government free from tyranny and brutality and thereby forming a constitution based on civil liberties. Our country has grown and matured through the centuries and in effect has made changes and alterations as innovations and advancements have deemed necessary. One area where we seem to have evolved at a slower rate is in the archaic and often inhumane judicial laws ofthedeathpenalty. Thedeathpenalty, a law which strips the civilVIEW DOCUMENT
705 words - 3 pagesI do support thedeathpenalty and I do not consider it cruel or unusual treatment. The Constitution itself indicates that thedeathpenalty can be used. Amendment V ofthe Constitution states that “…no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….” (U.S. Const., amend V). In other words, once a person has gone through the due process of law, his life can be taken if he is found guilty. There is a common misconception that murderers do not think about the end consequence. If that was the case, there would be more killings by police than arrests. When murderers are confronted by policeman, they normally surrender because ofthe threat oftheVIEW DOCUMENT
1141 words - 5 pages counter thebenefits or pleasures
that the criminal would receive from the illegal act. In addition, the
punishment must be administered swiftly so that potential criminals
will see a clear cause-and-effect relationship between the two. The
most convincing argument for the deterrent effect ofthedeathpenalty
comes from the commonsense belief that people fear death more than
life in prison. "Once in prison, virtually all convicted murderers
seek to avoid execution by appealing to reduce their sentence to 'life
in prison' (Bender)." For example, in the Washington Post, a witness
to a murder had been executed hours after testifying, so a second
565 words - 2 pagesThe Cons oftheDeathPenalty
“…Over 600 people were falsely convicted and 35 faced death for crimes that they did not commit…”(Johnson). Thedeathpenalty is an ineffective and expensive way of dealing justice to the American people. It is easier and cheaper to send someone to prison for life than to have them face thedeathpenalty and be executed. Capital punishment is an unnecessary punishment because criminals are already managed at prisons.
Thedeathpenalty can lead to thedeathof innocent people. For example, “…According to a new study, serious errors occur in almost 70% of all trials leading to thedeathpenalty…”(Leibman). This shows that if 100 people were put onVIEW DOCUMENT
2318 words - 9 pagesof impiety is one that is difficult to argue against since for religious individuals always seem construct an argument that works in a circular manor. Therefore it is almost never possible to end a conversation with a person of faith in a reasonable way in which there is lenience towards differences in beliefs.
A second case that should be well examined in pursuit of understanding thedeathpenalty, its faults and benefits, is the case ofthe Kansas City Massacre. On the morning of June 17, 1933, the residents of Kansas City were in shocked to learn ofthe murder in their lovely state of Missouri. The massacre involved the attempt of Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy’ Floyd, VernonVIEW DOCUMENT
1375 words - 6 pagesPros and Con ofTheDeathPenaltyThe sentence ofthedeathpenalty for most people is an unfair and unjust subject. It carries way too high of a stake. The question is what do with those on death row. Imagine what they think about in their final days? Do they hope to get overturned? Do they think about their family and friends’ loved ones? What crosses their minds? Do they wonder what’s going to happen here on earth when their gone? Well, not necessarily, I mean consider the fact is many people on death rows are mentally unstable or disabled or even deranged They enjoy the thrill of having the attention ofthe media or the press. I feel that cruel and unusual punishment is totallyVIEW DOCUMENT
1284 words - 5 pagesTHEDEATHPENALTY"THEDEATH SENTENCE IS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL ISSUE ACROSS OUR WORLD"thedeathpenalty is a very common controversial socialissue across our world.every time a deathpenalty case arises, and time comesfor the convict, thousands of people across the countries support the punishment as well as protest the punishment."this issue does not have any proponents of particular group. people are very split on this subject, regardless of race, backgrounds, age, gender, and other variables that distinguish individuals". (prodeathpenalty.com)theVIEW DOCUMENT
2021 words - 8 pagesThedeathpenalty is one ofthe nation’s most hotly debated topic. Most Americans are either heavily in favor of execution or heavily opposed to it. In America, there are multiple methods of execution, lethal injection, firing squad, hanging, electrocution, and the gas chamber. Imagine, being strapped to a chair in various areas; usually the chest, groin, arms, and legs. A metal skullcap attached to your head, and then you’re blind folded. What might be going through your head? Were you wrongly convicted, or did you deserve death? There are two sides to every issue. While some say thedeathpenalty is a flawed punishment method because it is irreversible, and innocent people haveVIEW DOCUMENT
1768 words - 7 pages"Thedeathpenalty issue is obviously a divisive one. But whether one is for or against, you can not deny the basic illogic - if we know the system is flawed, if we know there are innocent people on Death Row, then until the system is reformed, should we not abandon thedeathpenalty to protect those who are innocent?"
In the United States thedeathpenalty is used as a punishment for capital offenses. These specifically can vary from state to state, but commonly include first-degree murder, murder with special circumstances, rape with additional bodily harm, and the federal crime of treason. (Facts) The goal ofthedeathpenalty then, is to deter these crimesVIEW DOCUMENT
522 words - 2 pages should have thought about it before he did it. That the murderer himself knew the risk so if he did not want to end up facing thedeathpenalty then he shouldnt have committed the crime to begin with. Haag also mentions how the punishment is set there to protect the potential victims ofthe crime and as a threat to the potential murderers. In this defense, he states that many men abstain themselves from committing murder in fear that they will face this kind of punishment. He supports thedeathpenalty and even if there are a few faults he agrees that thebenefits will outweigh these miscarriages.In response, the capital punishment has many counter attacks due to fact that it isVIEW DOCUMENT
1881 words - 8 pagesFew issues have been as hotly argued and controversial as thedeathpenalty, with its many conflicting moral, social and legal implications. Compelling arguments exist in favor ofthe final punishment, and equally strong arguments exist to end its practice. Furthermore, considering its conflicting history, on the grand scale ofthe whole world, and in just America, it is unlikely that this issue will be resolved any time soon. In the United States specifically, the issue has great significance to the bill of rights and the 8th amendment, which prevents cruel and unusual punishment. Thedeath sentence, due to the intense debate on its morality and constitutionality, as well as the manyVIEW DOCUMENT
778 words - 3 pages“If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call." (McAdams) Thedeathpenalty should be legalized in all fifty states, to avert from crime, keep repeat offenders off ofthe streets, and to reduce taxpayers the cost of keeping those found guilty of heinous crimes in prison low.
Thedeathpenalty can in fact deter heinous crimes from being committed when it is lawful in a state. Social scientists have stated that the act of general deterrence, which is when the punishment deters potential criminals from committing crimesVIEW DOCUMENT
1860 words - 7 pagesPart I.Introduction to theDeathPenalty.A brief History oftheDeathPenalty.Part II.The Court Systems in Washington State.Facts on how the Courts are structured, theDeathPenalty Process in Washington State, and the appeals process.Part III.Why theDeathPenalty doesn't Work.Simply some quick reasons it just doesn't work.Part IV.What would make theDeathPenalty more effective.My own theory on what would improve it.Part V.ConclusionPART I.In order to analyze theDeathPenalty and decide what would make it more effective, its history is imperative to know. The first instituted DeathVIEW DOCUMENT
1269 words - 5 pages is known as thedeathpenalty or capital punishment, the decisive price one pays for heinous wrongdoings, the loss of his or her life. Thedeathpenalty has been with the United States since before its conception, when as colonies of Great Britain. As we neared the 21st century however, the Supreme Court imposed a moratorium on Capital Punishment in 1972 as several court cases were found to be unconstitutional. In 1976, thedeathpenalty was reinstated after lengthy review; however all states retained the right to abolish capital punishment if they saw fit to do so. Eighteen states at the time of this writing do not have an enforceable capital punishment statute in their laws because theirVIEW DOCUMENT
2058 words - 8 pagesName: Prashant SathpathyStudent ID: U1067361Course: DIP1002Assignment: 2AIntroduction: This review has critically investigated four separate cases concerned with the issue ofthedeathpenalty and capital punishment. The arguments for and against, question the morality ofthedeathpenalty and its effectiveness in societies. The central ideology concerned with abolishing capital punishment suggests its violation of denying offenders the basic human right of life.Furthermore each case study positions the reader to examine and differentiate the complexities between murders and killing, the severity of punishments of various crimes and the flaws in theVIEW DOCUMENT
754 words - 3 pagesCapital punishment has been a cause for debate for many years, and people continue to disagree on the topic. There are many reasons why thedeathpenalty should be used, but the three most important are that it deters potential murderers from committing crimes, it saves our government money in the long run, and most importantly, it guarantees that these convicted murderers will not kill again. Why does the United States need capital punishment? The main purpose ofthedeathpenalty is to protect the rights of other Americans to live. In his book, The Law, Federic Bastiat writes, “humans have inalienable rights that existed outside of and before government. These rights are life, libertyVIEW DOCUMENT
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Perhaps one ofthe biggest reasons to ban thedeathpenalty is because it doesn't change the fact that the victim is gone, and will never come back. Hate and revenge will never cure the fact that this person is gone; it won’t cure the emptiness of a lost love one. Forgiveness is the only way to cure the hate. Letting them rot in prison should be the best way to get back at them, murder doesn’t solve anything.
It sends out the wrong message: Why kill people who kill people to show that killing is wrong? The government should be called murderers also since they are killing someone because they did. What makes it right? “You killed someone so I’m going to kill you.” That doesn’tVIEW DOCUMENT
1686 words - 7 pages punishment, which is both morally wrong and a violation ofthe right to life for its dead. Others defend their opposite views by citing the wave of abolition of other types of physical punishment, such as branding and whipping, and recommend that locking up should also replace thedeathpenalty (Abbott). Thedeathpenalty should be in place, considering the numerous benefits that comes along with it. Thedeathpenalty is good for deterring crimes. Thedeathpenalty is also the only punishment that is equal to murder, and places an importance on the high value of human life by enacting the highest punishment for taking one. Opponents state that thedeathpenalty is wrong morally, and fairlyVIEW DOCUMENT
653 words - 3 pages Should one person have the ability to decide whether another lives or dies? What punishment is sufficient enough to fit the crime committed? This decision is not one to be taken lightly. How can one take another`s life and not give their own? It is my belief, as a member of society, only one punishment can fit this sort of crime, thedeathpenalty.
The question to be answered, is should we rehabilitate, remove from society, punish, or even sentence to death. If one is incarcerated for a life term, can rehabilitation occur? According to Webster`s dictionary, “rehabilitation is to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life.” Imagine being locked in solitudeVIEW DOCUMENT
1226 words - 5 pagesLife is the most precious good that a human being possesses. Therefore, it is not a coincidence that one ofthe first human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the right to life. The third article states that a person has the right not to be killed by any other human being, and this is where the nations that apply thedeathpenalty are failing (Source 1). Thedeathpenalty or capital punishment is a legal process in which a person is executed as a punishment for committing a crime. It is still used in over 50 nations worldwide.
Centuries before the Universal Declaration of Human Rights existed, important civilizations such as the Mesopotamian, Greek, and RomanVIEW DOCUMENT
611 words - 2 pagesTheDeathPenaltySteve Roach is a twenty-three-year-old man from Virginia. As a child, he lived in a dysfunctional family being neglected of parental supervision, had an alcohol problem, and had a few run ins with the law. Despite all of these difficulties, he still seemed to be a decent seventeen-year-old, until one day, he killed a seventy-year-old woman, who was like a grandmother to him, in order to steal her money. He ran away from Virginia with her money and credit card, but three daysVIEW DOCUMENT
1092 words - 4 pagesIs thedeathpenalty really a rational and effective way to respond to the crimes of certain prisoners? Thirty one percent of society believes we should not keep thedeathpenalty, while others believe that thedeathpenalty doesn’t really keep crime from happening. Ofthe thirty one percent, many believe that executing offenders ofthe law only runs away from the issue at hand. Also, if society thinks about it, ending thepenalty would cost less both physically and mentally. Lastly, abolishment ofthepenalty would help rid any ofthe negative and humane issues at hand: this involves the biblical verse; thou shalt not kill, and the national human rights law; article 3, and 5 oftheVIEW DOCUMENT
628 words - 3 pagesTheDeathPenaltyIs thedeathpenalty just or unjust? It has been argued that capitol punishment is imposed merely to gratify a desire for revenge. Whether or not a punishment is legal depends upon whether or not it serves a valid goal or purpose of a policy. Thedeathpenalty is usually defended on two grounds; is useful and that is just . Is capitol punishment moral or immoral? Is thedeathpenalty moral? Capitol punishment is imposed to spare future victims of murder by carrying out the threat of execution upon convicted murderers. Thedeathpenalty punishes them not for what they may orVIEW DOCUMENT
1668 words - 7 pages that the inmate is not guilty, and people who commit a crime should pay for the consequences while alive in a cell.
Thedeathpenalty gives closure to the victim’s families who have suffered so much. Families never fully recover from the loss of a loved one, but thedeathpenalty can provide closure to these families. The murderer has suffered his family and friends of a loved one. There are many victims with a single murder and when the criminal gets caught and convicted, it is understood that the punishment will be severe. The prisoners family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death. Another example is that it shows that thedeathpenalty gives closure to the victim’sVIEW DOCUMENT
1799 words - 7 pagesAlmost all nations in the world either have thedeath sentence or have had it at one time. It was used in most cases to punish those who broke the laws or standards that were expected of them. Since thedeathpenalty wastes tax money, is inhumane, and is largely unnecessary it should be abolished in every state across the United States. The use ofthedeathpenalty puts the United States in the same category as countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia which are two ofthe world’s worst human rights violators (Friedman 34). Lauri Friedman quotes, “Executions simply inject more violence into an already hostile American society.”
The cost oftheDeathPenalty is highly expensive. A case toVIEW DOCUMENT
3234 words - 13 pages murderer, too, is worthy of respect; we, thus, show him the respect by treating him the same way he declares that people are to be treated. Accordingly, we execute the murderer."A second justification for thedeathpenalty for heinous crimes is the deterrence factor. This theory assumes that a potential offender identifies with those being punished and considers the severity of their punishment. If thebenefitsofthe illegal conduct outweigh the punishment, they commit it. This is just as a naughty child is spanked for violating family rules, his sibling would know not to do the naughty thing either, otherwise they too are liable for a spanking. But if an offender is sentenced to death, potentialVIEW DOCUMENT
1980 words - 8 pages criminals and other potential murderers out there. In essence, it has saved many innocent lives that otherwise would have fallen prey to the evil schemes of murderers. Indeed, there is no course more worthy than saving innocent lives. This essay presents an argument in support ofthedeathpenalty by considering its numerous benefits as backed up by ample evidence from credible sources. In order to build the argument, the essay shall also consider some ofthe opinions of those who oppose thedeathpenalty.
Deathpenalty is a good form of punishment considering that it prevents future murders by acting as a deterrent. Society has always employed different kinds of punishments in an effort toVIEW DOCUMENT
3803 words - 15 pages against the danger of error... If errors are...made, this is the necessary price that must be paid within a society which is made up of human beings."Also, thedeathpenalty isn't the only institution that contain risks in exchange for social benefits . We, in fact, mindlessly use far more dangerous institutions that take the lives of innocents by the hundreds every day, like the three or four tons of lethal metal we call automobiles for example. After all, how can we accept the average 45,000 person a year death toll in this nation due to car wrecks for our personal conveniences when the very slim risk of wrongful executions is so unbearable?Following the lines of that logicVIEW DOCUMENT
785 words - 3 pages-Title, Author, etc.-ThePenaltyofDeath -Written by H.L. Mencken, 1926.-Thesis -The thesis ofthe essay is on page 395, and is the last sentence of paragraph 3. It states: "What I contend is that one ofthe prime objects of all judicial punishments is to afford the same grateful relief (a) to the immediate victims ofthe criminal punished, and (b) to the general body of moral and timorous men." -Means that in the authors point of view, one ofthe key points of punishing a criminal is to give some sense ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1710 words - 7 pages thereby weakening the effect ofthedeathpenalty.The judicial system has become a farce, inefficient and ineffective, whereas correctional facilities have become a home away from home to the criminals living in them. At one point in time, jail was somewhere a person feared to go, Martha Stewart is choosing to start her sentence early, no fear here. Don?t you think it?s sad that a majority of poor hard working Americans do not have quality health insurance, but criminals in correctional facilities do? They don?t require a job, it comes with full benefits. Prison, to some, is a refuge where they can escape from the need to be responsible and follow society?s rules. I believe that manyVIEW DOCUMENT
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Name: Saned MohamedProfessor:Class: Phil 6 Ethics and SocietyDate: 10/09/08"TheDeathPenalty Deterrent or an Unjust Waste of Life"Adopted in 1791 as part ofthe Bill of Rights, the Eighth Amendment declares that "Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted" on the citizen ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1083 words - 4 pages Capital Punishment
Murder is the unlawful killing of one human by another, especially with premeditated malice. This country believes killings someone under certain circumstances is acceptable; this should not be the case. Capital punishment, thedeathpenalty, is the maximum sentence used in punishing people who kill another human being. It is one ofthe most controversial topics in America today. Capital punishment is still murder, simple as that. Thedeathpenalty needs to be abolished in all states. There are too many flaws that come with this punishment. Innocent people can be executed, it is morally wrong, and it does not discourage, or deter crimeVIEW DOCUMENT
1821 words - 7 pagesTheDeathPenalty
Human rights are fundamental rights which every human being is
entitled to just because they are human.
Thedeathpenalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human
rights. It is the cold blooded killing of a human being in the name of
‘justice’. In 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights; in Articles 3 and 5 it states that “no
one shall be subjected to cruel or degrading punishment and everyone
has the right to life and liberty”. Thedeathpenalty violates both of
these fundamental rights.
The United Nations Rights Commission (UNHRC) has passed a resolution
calling for all nations thatVIEW DOCUMENT
973 words - 4 pagesA phrase commonly presented in American society, “An eye for an eye,” is used to represent the ideology ofthedeathpenalty in the US. Thedeathpenalty also known as capital punishment is defined as punishment by death for a crime. In its simplest form, it is “state sanctioned killing (Jones).” Recent facts show that as of, “April 1, 2010, there are approximately 3,260 individuals,” waiting for their execution date while on death row in the US (“DeathPenalty”) .It has been reported that, “since 1973 over 130 people have been released from death row with evidence of their innocence (“DeathPenalty”).” The execution of an innocent citizen, along with the violation ofthe, “cruel andVIEW DOCUMENT
2075 words - 8 pagesIn the United States, many crimes are considered to be punishable by a life sentence or a sentence of a few years. However, many crimes have earned people capital punishment, also known as thedeathpenalty. The first known deathpenalty was acknowledge by a legal document known as the Code of Hummarubi. In this document, written in the 1700s, it is mentioned that twenty-five crimes were punished by death. The crimes included being unfaithful to one's partner and even helping slaves escape (Guernsey, 2009). By 1846, the state of Michigan became one ofthe first US states to abolish thedeathpenalty for all committed crimes. Michigan now replaces thedeathpenalty with life imprisonmentVIEW DOCUMENT
1378 words - 6 pagesThedeathpenalty, as administered by states based on their individual laws, is considered capital punishment, the purpose of which is to penalize criminals convicted of murder or other heinous crimes. Thedeathpenalty issue has been the focus of much controversy in recent years, even though capital punishment has been a part of our country's history since the beginning. Crimes in colonial times, such as murder and theft of livestock were dealt with swiftly and decisively. Criminals were hanged shortly after their trial, in public executions. This practice was then considered just punishment for those crimes. Recently though, the focus ofthedeathpenalty debate has been on moral andVIEW DOCUMENT
1656 words - 7 pagesSteel bars slam shut, not knowing if today is going to be the last day on earth. Death may come by natural causes or by the hands of another human being. Thedeathpenalty is form of punishment to people, who have committed sadistic crimes such as murder. Thedeathpenalty is also one ofthe oldest punishments known to man as it was included in the Hammurabi code. Most inmates are put to death by lethal injection and sometimes, although not often the electric chair. Thedeathpenalty is a controversial topic in which some people believe that thedeathpenalty serves as an example for criminals to think ofthe consequences of their actions. Other people believe that thedeathpenalty doesVIEW DOCUMENT
717 words - 3 pagesTheDeathPenalty has been around since medieval times. There have been many different forms of execution. Some have use the gas chamber, electrocution, lethal injection, hanging, and firing squad. Execution is only for people guilty of crimes like murder. Some people are against thedeathpenalty because some think that it is too cruel and humane. Most are for thedeathpenalty because they want justice for the people the accused may have hurt.
The people who want thedeathpenalty believe that if someone kills somebody else, then they should die for it. That person may also think about killing someone else if let go by the police. Some of them might get life, but people might want themVIEW DOCUMENT
853 words - 3 pagesAbolishing theDeathPenalty
When a person is found guilty in this country, they may either serve a term in prison or be put on death row. On death row, the person awaits their death as a punishment for the crime they committed. The United States remains in the minority of nations in the world that still uses death as penalty for certain crimes. Many see thepenalty as barbaric and against American values. Others see it as a very important tool in fighting violent pre-meditated murder. Thedeathpenalty should be abolished because of its financial costs to tax payers, it’s barbaric, and its ineffectiveness.
The average American thinks would think that it’s simpler and cheaper to kill aVIEW DOCUMENT
1750 words - 7 pagesThedeathpenalty is a very controversial subject. I think that we should use thedeathpenalty instead of placing murderers, rapists, and people who commit treason in prison or letting them out on parol. People that commit the most heinous of crimes should receive the most heinous of consequences. Isn't that just the most fair way to deal with those offenders ofthe law?
From 1930, the first year of which statistics are readily available from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, to 1967, 3,859 people were executed under civil jurisdiction in the United States. During this period of nearly half a century, over half (54%) of those executed were blacks, 45 percent were white, andVIEW DOCUMENT
590 words - 2 pagesTheDeathPenalty has become a controversial issue in today's society and I view it as another flaw in our justice system. If the inmates our government sends to death row are hundred percent guilty ofthe crimes they committed, these crimes are heinous cruel crimes, and the execution is a swift cheap process then I view no problem with thedeathpenalty. Our being humans eliminates the possibility of an absolute accurate and unbiased justice system and thepenalty for such a small mistake should not be the end of an innocent life.Thedeathpenalty needs to be a blind judge. No defendantVIEW DOCUMENT
984 words - 4 pages suffer from mental illness or mental retardation and do not fully understand the severity of their crime. In contrast, some may believe that "individuals make their decisions based on the net costs and benefitsof each alternative… demonstrating that thedeathpenalty saves lives" (Muhlhausen, 2007). However, this statement could not be more ironic. Yes, it serves as comfort-as a way of knowing that the criminal who has destroyed families in no longer a threat, but it also solves the issue in a way that is morally unjust.More often than acceptable, people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. Conviction is based on "junk science claiming evidence of accelerants where noneVIEW DOCUMENT
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Do we have the right to kill, even in the name of justice?
Many people have strong pro and con feelings on this subject, discussed and argued about only second to abortion. Putting another human being to death is a hard thing to think about until you realize the horrible things one person can do to another without drastic punishment as a determent.
"Thedeathpenalty is a warning, just like a lighthouse throwing light beams out to sea. We hear about shipwrecks, but do not hear about the ships the lighthouse guides safely on their way. We don't have proof ofthe number of ships it saves, but we do not tear the light house down" (poet Hyam Barshay). This quote is showing thatVIEW DOCUMENT
1119 words - 4 pagesTheDeathPenaltyThedeathpenalty should be a last result action that is taken when one person is convicted of a crime involving thedeathof another person or living thing. The actions taken to kill someone on death row are horrific in, and to kill someone that didn't commit the crime is an appalling thing to do. DNA is an efficient way to prove the absolute guilt of an individual. Thedeathpenalty should not be enforced without the opportunity of a DNA test.
For years, DNA has been an effective way of determining whether or not thedeath row inmates are guilty. DNA stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, which is the genetic coding in cells specific to an individual. Body fluidsVIEW DOCUMENT
915 words - 4 pagesTheDeathPenalty: Justifiable
-Preface: Let it be noted now that this speech is very opinionated.
I strongly believe that theDeathPenalty is a form of punishment to be
used when needed. Which opens up the question, when should it be used? That may
be the breaking point in a lot of arguments, deciding when to use thedeathpenalty is a very touchy subject. I believe that only murderers deserve thedeathpenalty, but I do not believe that all murderers should receive it as
punishment. In cases where someone was killed in self defense, the 'murderer'
should not receive thedeathpenalty. But when someone is killed in cold blood
then thereVIEW DOCUMENT
3043 words - 12 pagesAbolishing theDeathPenalty
When taking a human life in response to a crime, a state is acting on behalf of all of its citizens. Capital punishment is an expensive procedure with permanent ramifications. It is therefore very important that the matter of capital punishment be seriously reconsidered. In order to protect all of America's citizens, I recommend that congress approve a constitutional amendment that reads:
The states and the federal government shall not under any circumstances execute anyone. All prisoners currently under sentence ofdeath shall have the right to a new trial.
The reasons for such an amendment include the inherent immorality of capital punishment, itsVIEW DOCUMENT
1011 words - 4 pagesLately, it seems as if thedeathpenalty has been in the news a lot. One is always hearing about an innocent man going free because of DNA testing, or protests outside of jailhouses as criminals are being put to death. Just recently, the execution of Troy Davis in Georgia has fueled the debate even further, making many wonder what the debate is about. If a person commits murder, the logic goes, then that person should be killed too. An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth. But what many do not realize is that thedeathpenalty is not without its faults. What makes thedeathpenalty a conscientious issue is the underlying problems that are going on behind the scenes. ThedeathpenaltyVIEW DOCUMENT