Capital Punishment Essay

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John Baran Mr. Larriviere ENC1101 M W 5:00-6:15 P.M. April 23, 2012 Essay #1 pg. 146 #2 The Use of Capital Punishment Should Be Allowed For a countless number of years now the debate over capital punishment has been raging on. For thousands of years capital punishment has been used due to the physiological fear it inflicts on the people who witness and learn about the death penalty. The use of this punishment has helped to reduce crime and change the minds of future criminals to deter them against committing heinous crimes. These crimes are such as murder, treason, espionage, terrorism and even in some cases aggravated kidnapping. Abolitionists say it is unconstitutional and advocates say it deters crime. The use of capital punishment is historically shown that it is justified. Capital punishment should be upheld due to its constitutionality, morality, and deterrence against heinous acts. The courts in the United States have no right to decline capital punishment to those who have committed crimes that we acknowledge to be absolutely wrong. The constitutionality of the death penalty is justified. “To interpret the constitution, democratically elected legislatures rather than courts decide social and public issues.” (Scalia 2011) This means that the death penalty is an acceptable legislative decision. The death penalty is operated in a private manner and therefore it is constitutionally sound. Inside a closed private building is where the execution will take place and only certain citizens are allowed to attend and view. “Executions have changed drastically since the public executions in the 1700’s” (Scalia 2011) this has helped change the public opinion towards the use of capital punishment. Capital punishment does not violate the 8th amendment in the constitution. “The U.S. constitution specifically allows for the death penalty to be imposed as a criminal

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