Death Penalty We say terrorism and murder is illegal and immoral. We claim it is the wickedest thing on Earth. We hope we never have to witness it or live through its pain. So why are we allowing these murderers to walk our streets and destroy more innocent lives? Why don’t we rid our world of these disgraceful felons? The death penalty should be a necessary form of punishment in all contemporary societies. Although some people may say it is unethical to take a life other than our own, it is utterly essential to put the death penalty into action as soon as possible. The death penalty is a necessary form of punishment in present-day society because it potentially saves lives, prevents future acts of crime, and criminals commit felonies knowing the consequences for their actions. Although you are taking one criminal’s life, you could be saving tens, hundreds, even millions of innocent lives. Source B, “The Case for Torture” by Michael Levin, says “Torturing the terrorist is unconstitutional? Probably. But millions of lives surely outweigh constitutionality. Torture is barbaric? Mass murder is far more barbaric. Indeed, letting millions of innocents die in deference to one who flaunts his guilt is moral cowardice, an unwillingness to dirty one’s hands. If you caught the terrorist, could you sleep nights knowing that millions died because you couldn’t bring yourself to apply the electrodes?” Now this may be disturbing to some, but these statements are incredibly true and should be applied to our society. By doing exactly to the murderer what he has done to those who are innocent, you are ridding our world of those who have no place being here. Also, in Source E, “Does Death Penalty Save Lives? A New Debate” by Adam Liptak, it states that “according to roughly a dozen recent studies, executions save lives. For each inmate put to death, the studies say, 3 to 18 murders are prevented.” This study clearly proves that the death penalty has the potential of saving the lives of innocent people. The death penalty should be utilized for those who undoubtedly deserve it in order to protect the millions of acquitted people. By removing those who cause the most harm to our world, we prevent future acts of crime from taking place and create a safer, more promising life for the innocent. Source B agrees that “torture [is] an acceptable measure for preventing future evils.” By applying the death penalty to murderers and terrorists, we are able put an end to their ability to harm innocent people, especially large numbers of them in populated areas. Source B also says to “torture only the obviously guilty, and only for the sake of saving innocents, and the line between “US” and “THEM” will remain clear.” The death penalty should be utilized only when an obviously life-threatening or critical situation is at hand. Furthermore, Source B argues that “someday soon a terrorist will threaten tens of thousands of lives, and torture will be the only way to save them.” This type of situation could be avoided by applying the death penalty to terrorists and murderers now to rid them from our world and keep this problem from taking place. The death penalty needs to be considered more frequently in order to prevent the death of more harmless
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.…