The Constitutional Death Penalty Kissandra Moore U.S. Constitutional History 556 Douglas A. Dribben Sep. 10, 2012 Arguments over the death penalty always refer back to Amendment V or Amendment VIII regarding due process and cruel and unusual punishment. To understand the use of the death penalty in America, it is important to consider that executions were common prior to the Constitutions framing and that Amendment V recognizes capital crime. The framers were obviously aware of capital punishment and considered capital crimes as they set forth the provisions that would protect those accused. Prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment was also considered, but cruel and unusual punishment is subjective.
They point to a correlation between gun ownership and crimes, and they believe that if laws were stricter or guns were taken away then crime would decrease. This argument, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. Banning guns or making more gun laws would just infuriate the general public. A 2009 Gallup Opinion Poll showed that an all time low of 44% of people believe that there need to be newer, stricter laws applying to gun control (Gallup.com). This number in 1990 was 78%, so as time goes on people are leaning more and more away from stricter gun laws.
California should remain this as a useful method of punishment for murder and other terrible crimes. There is nothing worse than losing a loved one. Capital punishment is not just about taking revenge on the person that caused pain, but it’s a method that California should continue to use in order for there to be direct consequences. Even if the person that committed the crime has a life sentence in prison this already cost a large amount of money for taxpayers. Execution is the best method to eliminate the person that committed the crime.
This right here says it all. The government is trying to hide the rights of the offenders just so they can back up the information. The government wants to have swift punishment on the offender. I agree 100% with the Criminal Control Model because like I stated before, the government would waste their time and money just to look up everyone’s case and prove them not guilty. With The Crime Control Model It allows the government room to breathe but also allows them to do searches and studies to make find out if the offender is really innocent or in guilty of the
Imagine how much money would be saved if the death penalty was abolished. Would it not be much cheaper to give out life without parole and incorporate some type of factory work that would make the prisoners support their prison and all cost associated with housing them? More often than not, studies show that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent of crime, although many feel it to be an effective measure. Since the death penalty takes so long because it is rarely enforced and it tends to take years to carry out an execution, it is hard to draw conclusive evidence. There doesn’t seem to be any conclusive evidence showing that it is an effective deterrent of crime at least no more so than facing life in prison without the possibly of
The fact remains the same someone has lost their life so the person responsible needs to be punished and the punishment should fit the crime. Our society should not abolish the death penalty simply because of rocky statistics. Americans have to keep the death penalty in place because it isn’t worth finding out if all the statistics are correct or incorrect. Please help fight to keep the death penalty a lawful punishment in the United States and bring it back to every state. It’s the only way to keep people from committing these horrible acts against innocent human beings.
This procedure is a must to make sure people that are innocent do not get executed for something they did not do, and this still does not guarantee the person being executed is not innocent, there is still always that chance floating around. The community would have a tremendous amount of money, which could better the community if people would do away with the death penalty and just punish people with life in prison without parole. This could save us millions, and it also guarantees the community is safe and at the same time it removes the possibility of executing an innocent person. Innocence and the Death Penalty states “More than 3500 men and women have received this sentence in California since 1978 and NOT ONE has been released, except those few individuals who were able to prove their innocence. California could save $1 billion over five years by replacing the death penalty with permanent imprisonment.
Taxpayers shouldn’t have pay for inmates just because they want to pursue a goal while they’re locked up. Prison isn’t a playpen, it’s a punishment. If private sponsors want to support them, that’s fine, but people shouldn’t have to reward a criminal for their mistakes. Perhaps the strongest argument against a death sentence is that innocent people can be and have been killed. In the movie “The Exonerated”, a film based on true events, the ordeals of six formerly condemned inmates are discussed, among them Sonia Jacobs, whose husband Jesse Tafero was wrongfully executed in 1990.
I feel it adversely is shown and sought out to enhance the value of human life by demonstrating the old saying “an eye for an eye.” If government were to lower the penalty of murder it would portray that the victims’ loss of life was less significant than that of the murderer. Some opponents feel that a life sentence in prison is a far worse punishment than death. If this is true, then why do so many convicted prisoners put on death row try to appeal and get a lesser sentence? These prisoners who committed the same act outside prison walls are now facing death with no alternative, as their victim had, and aren’t ready to answer to the consequences. In the case of Stephanie Benton, I saw this with my own eyes.
Capital Punishment Some people question the death penalty as to wether or not it is cold blooded murder or just an equal punishment for one who commits murder. Should there be any exceptions, such as minors or people with mental retardation. Televised executions should be completely out of the question. Also some question wether or not the criminal should be lethally injected or be given the same punishment as his victim. There’s a claim that it is more expensive for the state to execute a criminal than to incarcerate them for life.