Two wrongs do not make a right. One of the basic values learnt in life is that, violence is not the answer to any problem and murder is a sin for those who are either religious or not. The death penalty goes against this value. Committing murder is generally unacceptable and is a crime, so the death penalty shouldn't be any different. There is no clear evidence to support the absolute effectiveness of the death penalty in deterring crime in a society. The death penalty should not be used to punish criminals because it neither discourages crime nor reduces the crime rate, it does not accomplish anything at the end, and conviction of the innocent may occur and can't be undone. First of all, there is no proven support to show the effectiveness in the death penalty serving as a deterrent for would-be criminals to stop committing crimes. In the past, most of the death penalties that have been carried out were always highly publicised. The publicity and fame that surrounds the process of carrying out a death penalty sentence may send the wrong message to psychopaths that are witnessing the sentence being carried out. The perception of feelings people would have towards the criminal might become that of compassion rather than that of disgust due to the emotions that are felt when witnessing another person suffer the pain of death. The criminal who is being sentenced to death for a crime might be seen by the people as being martyred thereby forgetting the crimes for which the criminal is being punished for. People might act on those emotions and wilfully commit crime. For example, according to a research done by Grant McClellan (1961), Grant claims that in 1958, among the ten states that had the fewest murders (fewer than two murders a year per a hundred thousand population), Four of these states had abolished the death penalty. On the other hand, the ten states with the most murders (from eight to fourteen killings per a hundred thousand population) were all states that enforced the death penalty. The fact is that the fear of death penalty has never severed to reduce crime rate. Another reason why the death penalty should not be used to punish convicted criminals is that the death penalty does not accomplish any goal. People often confuse retribution with revenge. The desire for revenge clouds the judgement of a person often with a theory that "a criminal deserves to be punished in proportion to the gravity of the crime committed". Perhaps it is sometimes fathomable, but not really a rational response to a critical situation like the death penalty. Since the victim of murder is already lost and nothing can be done to resurrect that person, to what do we owe the pleasure of killing somebody else? Death of a person is very disturbing to anyone who values human lives. For example if a person is sentenced for committing murder, that scenario simply continues the circle of violence which at the end achieves no positive goal. The same legal system that convicts a criminal for
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.…