Capital Punishment Essay

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Danielle Ramos Castro English P.2 Research paper May 7, 2013 Capital Punishment Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty is a legal process where a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The debate over the existence of the death penalty may be almost as old as the death penalty itself. Should America have Capital Punishment? Capital punishment is used for justice, as a deterrent for crimes. There are debates on how capital punishment is just. “Who so sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” (genesis9:6). Is it just to let someone take someone else’s life deliberately? If a person steals your car and society allows him to keep and drive around in that car, most people would find that unjust. Why, then, is it just to allow everyone who takes a life keep their own? The death penalty has been around for centuries, a fitting punishment for a murder is to in turn kill that murderer. Capital punishment is in turn just. In contrasting views are that capital punishment is unjust. Some say the death penalty is immoral. The saying “two wrongs don’t make a right” is highly used in this debate. Some consider the death penalty as cruel and unusual punishment. Many believe that our nation has evolved from the “barbaric” punishments such as whipping and cutting off the ears of suspected criminals. Some say that in entering a new century, instead of continuing the culture of violence we should instead restore fairness and integrity to our criminal justice system. There many studies on how the death penalty prevents crime. Though there isn’t much evidence on the fact that the death penalty actually helps lower crime rates, many do believe that it has an effect on crime. Some modern studies have showed that the capital punishment has a deterrent

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