Death Penalty Death penalty or Capital Punishment is a legal process where the person who had committed the heinous crime of murder is sentenced to death by the state, as a means of punishment for what they’ve done. In ancient times most countries uses this method not only for a means of punishment for murder, but as a general punishment for anyone who had committed any type of crime. At that time the people who use this method the most are those who practices religion, although it isn’t justified to use that method today, back then it was the only method they can think of to get rid of the problem. As we approach the Middle Ages, their method of punishment changes, although it is still mostly based on religious punishment; such as, the witch burning on the stake, even though the person might have been innocent and not a witch. This shows how much they rely on religion judgment, making their judicial system very much flawed. The area that has improved compared to the ancient times, is the part where they do not use death penalty as a general punishment, but as a punishment for more terrible crimes; like as, murder, “witch craft,” treason, etc. By the modern era, 18th-19th century capital punishment is not as widely used as the previous Era, they have also moved the execution to a more discrete area, away from the public’s eyes, although by the 20th Century the use of death penalty had gone up to the highest in the human history, mostly due to the wars like World War I where a lot of people who were accused of treason were sentenced to death. That however does not compare to the people who were sentenced to death on World War II; sentencing millions of people, mainly Jews, to death by Adolf Hitler. Although most people today would not recognized that as a capital punishment, but as a murder. Today capital punishment is not as widely used unlike the previews era, like in the United States, this method of punishment is not used as much anymore, some states has declared this method of punishment unconstitutional, although it is still being used, it is in the process of being abolished. The abolishment of death penalty in the states are being pushed, because of the people who believes that this method is either inhumane, or ineffective; as the person being punish might see this as a way of escape from what they have done. However there are those who believe this system works; as it removes those who threaten our society/ our way of life, by giving them the punishment of death, the same thing of what they have done (murder), since execution is actually the process of killing some-one. The moral ethics that surrounds the death penalty is ambiguous at times, because it is unclear whether the person who had convicted the crime really deserves the punishment; because of this punishment some innocent people get sentence to death, and later finding out that that person was not the one who committed that crime. There are also times when that person who had killed someone may not mean to do it; such as car accident due to faulty driving, or another reasons other than a thought out plan of murder, sending them to death would be unethical. Although it can be a right thing to do at times, as the person who committed that crime does not receive the death penalty, might escape and commit more homicidal murder. There are no right ways to really justify whether this method of punishment is ethical or unethical. It all comes down to a person’s point of view, whether capital punishment/ death penalty is moral thing to do or if it is an immoral thing to do, in addition, what is the ethics that comes with those decisions, as well as, the pros and cons that comes with it. The benefits of death penalty is that the person who had committed the crime can be removed from society, since he/she had threatened the way of life of other citizens, by committing murder or homicide. This system is of beneficial to the family of the victim, as they will see
April 15, 2013
Is the Death Penalty Just and Applied Fairly?
The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is the punishment of execution, administered to someone convicted of a capital crime; it is the most severe form of corporal punishment. The death penalty in the United States has been an ongoing debate throughout history. Capital punishment has been banned in many countries, except in the United States; there are thirty-three states that currently…
What are the latest developments concerning the death penalty?
In June 2008, the Supreme Court held that it was cruel and unusual punishment to use the death penalty against individuals convicted of raping a minor. In April 2008, the Supreme Court has held that lethal-injection procedures in Kentucky do not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. The action opens the way for an end to a de facto national moratorium on lethal injection executions that has…
Is the Death Penalty Just and Applied Fairly?
I. What is the death penalty?
a. Capital Punishment
b. Fifth Amendment
a. Babylonia B.C.
b. First execution in the colonies
c. First woman to be executed
a. Eye for an eye
c. Getting rid of evil
d. Deter crime
b. Risk of executing the innocent
a. By year
b. By state
VI. Alternatives to the Death Penalty
a. Life Sentence
VII. Death Penalty here to stay…
The Pros and Cons of the Death Penalty in America
The ’Death Penalty’ is a problem of much concern; many countries favor the ‘Death Penalty’ and apply that, while many other object strongly to this punishment. My opinion is that the death penalty should be banned as a form of punishment. What is Capital punishment? Capital punishment is the death penalty. It is used today and was used in ancient times to punish a variety of offences. The death penalty has no place in a civilized society…
Capital punishment is a prudent issue that creates a spectacle among those for and against the death penalty. From those that have lost loved ones from homicides to those that have committed murder and are then “lawfully”, according to the judicial systems, put to death. Although those for and against the death penalty may agree that there is a lawful and unlawful treatment of people, there is discern on who has the right to make the decision on who lives and who dies. Does man have the right to…
Lots of crimes happen throughout society but murder is the most harmful, not only to the victim but also to the victim’s family. The death penalty will bring justice to the victim and their family. Uma Kukaths said, “Death penalty supporters claimed that not only is the state justified in permanently removing a murderer from society, it is obliged to do so to protect its law-abiding citizens from harm”. The victim’s family would be happy to know that the murderer is gone and justice…
the capital punishment. Capital punishment is a life or death situation. It is the execution of people who have been found guilty of certain offenses. Many people in today’s society believe that a death crime is so severe that they deserve a punishment equal to their crime. In some people’s mind they believe in killing the killer, but how does that show us that killing is morally okay? There are numerous proven reasons why the death penalty should be abolished. The best reasons are to not violate…
The topic about whether or not the death penalty should be abolished has been a very controversial one for years. Dating back to the first English colonies in the 1600’s, the death penalty, or capital punishment as it is formally referred to, is a part of American history that never began to be questioned until the American Revolution in 1776. To this day, many people have mixed opinions on the matter. Some people strongly believe that the death penalty should be instituted, while others strongly…
This is a dossier on the effectiveness and the racially implicated sanctions for the application of the Death Penalty. This paper is a general indictment of the entire criminal justice system, and the faults that exist within. This is not an attempt to sway your opinion, but instead to raise the awareness of those of us who hold the creed of this Great Nation dear and the potential that it holds.
I think that in the terms of greatness there is a clause that as a people and a nation, we continue…
Life and death; the two things that all birthed beings are guaranteed. Two concepts that are understood to be normal and unavoidable. Our mortality, though deeply mysterious and uncontrollable, is something that we have come to accept on a basic level. We all know that to live, means to die. That once we are born into life, our fate has been inevitably sealed to a single future. That though the means and the details may vary according to the individual, we will all certainly die.…