Execute the Death Penalty There are people in this world that cause harm; they commit acts that they may sometimes in the future regret. We often wonder why someone may do something to cause hurt to someone they have never met; someone that they just picked up off the street. Why would someone take that loved one away from the life they were living? For those people that take the life of the living, there has to be consequences. Some people say the more serious the crime, the more serious the consequence. Those people would say that the only answer to serious murders or crimes is the death penalty. Although the death penalty is a way to get rid of the problem, it does not fix it. The death penalty may comfort the family of the no longer living victim, or the friends of the person whom they cannot find; however, killing the suspect does not fix the issue she or he created, it simply just gets rid of it. Yes, there are many people who say that the death penalty is an excellent thing, but it violates human rights, teaches the condemned nothing, and does not deter crime. With every argument there is an opposing side. There are people who are for the death penalty just like there are people who are not. Those who are for the death penalty may say that it does not violate human rights. They say that it is not torture, and that it is because of the respect for human life that the death penalty is important. They argue that if someone has taken the life of the living, they should pay for it with their own, no matter how serious the crime (Barber 7). They also say that it gives the family of the victim comfort knowing that the suspect is dead and cannot harm any one else. In fact, many states that have the death penalty let the family of the victim watch the suspect be executed (Barber 8). Who would not want the comfort of knowing that the suspect is dead and not able to kill anyone else? In 1973, a study done by Isaac Ehrlich, a professor at the University of Buffalo, stated that for every execution, seven lives are saved (Walker 101); there was even a decline in the death rate in August 2006 (Walker 101). Many say that the death rate continues to drop each year. From this prospective, the death penalty is preferable because who would not want the death rate to decline? However, there are people who do not agree with the death penalty. An argument that is commonly brought up is that it violates human rights under the United States Constitution. Written in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights document, Article 3, states: “ Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person” (Barber 7). It also states in Article 5 of the same document:“ No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment” (Barber 7). There have even been times when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled certain death penalties in certain circumstances unconstitutional. For example, on June 29, 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional to execute someone if the crime does not involve murder (Walker 101). The Court also ruled it unconstitutional to execute someone who is mentally handicapped no matter what the crime committed was on June 20, 2002 (Walker 101). Everyone has the right to life, so why is there a consequence that breaks that statement? Yes, the death penalty breaks the Constitution, but what does this teach the condemned? This is yet another commonly talked about argument. The opposing view may say that it does not matter if the criminal gets taught a lesson; if they did not want to end up dead, then they should not have killed a living person. However, it is not only about what the killer gets taught, but also about what we are saying when killing the criminal. There is a bumper sticker that states, “Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing is wrong?” (Barber 6). Logically, it really does not make sense as to why the death penalty is
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.…