An Eye For An Eye Essay

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Angela Long Long1 ENGL 1213 Sec. 902 18 Feb 2012 Rough Draft A2 An Eye For An Eye There is an ongoing debate about capital punishment verses life in prison. I am in favor of capital punishment because it totally removes the possibility of an offender repeating his or her crime. The main purpose of the death penalty is to protect the right of other Americans to live. In his book, “The Law,” Frederic Bastiat writes, “Humans have inalienable rights that existed outside of and before government. These rights are life, liberty, and property. When one person infringes on another's rights, he must be punished. To do this, the punishment must be harsh enough to deter potential criminals”(Bastiat). This punishment is of the harshest form, but it is necessary to maintain order. There are many states in the United States where a convict can be released on parole after a decade or more has passed. For example, sentences of “15 years to life” or “25 years to life” may be given; this is called an “indeterminate life sentence” while a sentence of “ life without the possibility of parole” is called a “determinate life sentence”. Even when a sentence specifically denies the possibility of parole, government officials may have the power to grant amnesty or reprieves, or commute a sentence to time served. “If we execute murderers and there is then in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murderers, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would rather risk the former. This to me is not a tough call.” John McAdams, Marquette University Department of Political Science on Deterrence Robert Lee Massie was convicted on one count of first degree murder in the January 3, 1979 death of Boris G.

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