An Eye For An Eye Essay

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The Death Penalty is a vastly debated subject these days. In the United States, about 13,000 people have been legally executed since colonial times. (Tolerance, 1995 to 2007) The world has progressed for the most part and capital punishment is not as harsh as it was a hundred years ago. In years past citizens could be put to death for little or no reason what so ever. Currently the death penalty is used far less and human rights activists are trying to have it completely abolished. A large and growing number of nations are abolishing their death penalty laws, including some that were avid practitioners of it in the past. The death penalty certainly does not deter criminals from committing horrific crimes. That is evident by the amount of people on death row. Many criminals that are eligible for the death penalty end up serving life in prison instead. International law is looking to declare capital punishment a human rights violation in the coming years. The United States stood practically alone, even amongst fellow members of the "coalition of the willing," in affirming the appropriateness of execution. Thurschwell elaborates the nature of ethical exception when talking about capital punishment in the figure of sovereignty. (Thurschwell, 2008) I believe that if punishment went back to being harsher there could end up being a lot less crime. If the people committing these horrible and heinous crimes knew what the penalties were for their actions, they may think twice before taking action. Also, having the death penalty be more prevalent would cut down on the overcrowding issue that our jails face every day. The down side to the death penalty and one of the main reasons why there are so few executions are because innocent people have actually been executed in the past. On March 17, 2008 the Georgia Supreme Court decided 4-3 to deny a new trial for Troy

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