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 disapprove. As a result, there are now individual states with this policy in use and other states that don’t use it. “The punishment of murder by death is contrary to reason and to the order and happiness of society,” as Benjamin Rush, a physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, stated. Although some people may see the death penalty as a very adequate punishment, it has its flaws and risks. One of the main flaws of the death penalty is its very concept. The idea of killing someone for a crime is not an appropriate punishment. Even if someone were to kill another person, their punishment in turn should not be a death sentence. This eye for an eye approach idea is instilled in many minds of the people as “fair”. Also, it violates the 8th amendment concerning the law against any cruel and unusual punishment. Not only that, but according to William Dudley, “It fosters a culture of violence”. Another big flaw of the death penalty is the fact that many innocent people are being executed due to mistakes. There are, quite simply, too many errors in the criminal justice system and too many innocent people turning up on death row. Numerous people would assume that DNA testing is always 100% correct. Unfortunately, this is not the case. In fact, DNA testing, which is a big factor in determining people innocent or guilty of certain crimes, has a risk of proving to be incorrect. This means that there is a chance that someone innocent of a crime will be executed. A suitable alternative to the death penalty is a life sentence. A life sentence is irreversible after all. An execution, on the other hand, is not. In the bigger picture there would be less innocent people put to death. Finally, the death penalty has a huge financial disadvantage. Once again, it is instilled in many peoples’ minds that it would be
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…
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.…
Civics, Period 6
16 January 2013
Ever since the writing of Hammurabi’s code "an eye for an eye" has been one of the most debated phrases in legal systems. This term essentially means that the punishment should fit the crime: if you steal from someone, you should be stolen from; if you hurt someone, you should be hurt. In today’s world, this is often involved in the debate of capital punishment, or the death penalty. People in favor of the death penalty claim that it costs less than life…