Since the dawn of civilization, humans have had an order to control the chaos created by others. There have been laws to shape a society and when those laws were broken by any individual, they had to be punished in some way. The death penalty is the sentence of execution for very serious crimes, such as murder, and other capital crimes. China, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the USA are the 5 biggest executioners with a percentage of 82%. Since 2013, there has been an increase in death sentences in over 57 countries.
Capital Punishment: Deterrent or Detriment? The article simply titled “The Death Penalty” by David Chandler makes a clear argument against capital punishment. Chandler states that over the past 30 years, in excess of 100 people have been liberated from death row due to having been wrongly convicted. (para 1) He claims that while the number of blacks and whites on death row is about equal, the numbers are disproportionate to the population and blacks are nearly 40% more likely to be sentenced to death. (para 2) Chandler also claims that the race of the victim plays an even larger role than the race of the offender and 80% of the death sentences handed down had white victims.
Detroit recorded 308 criminal homicides in 2010, a 15.4% drop from the previous year’s count of 364. Non-fatal shootings were also down 10.5% from the previous year. We the people should be concerned about this each and every day because it’s getting dangerous and out of hand. Detroit is the capital of Michigan and without it we pretty much don’t have anything. In 2007 analysis said that Detroit officials noted about 65 to 70 percent of homicides in the city were confined to a narcotics catalyst.
It is not safe for anyone to be able to get their’ hands on certain gun. For the safety of our nation, there should be more in-forced restriction on who is able and not able to purchase a gun. There are about 200 to 250 million guns in America, and of these, about a third are handguns, which means the other 2/3rds are more powerful guns. Within all the different kinds of weapons, guns are used in approximately 70 percent of killings according to the FBI. 70 percent is an unbelievable high number when it comes to homicides.
When a teen gets to that age all they think about is driving, but when they turn that age parents just begin to worry. “Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a research group funded by the auto insurance industry, acknowledged the idea is "a tough sell," but noted that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers” (Irvine). That is a big statistic to ignore. Pennsylvania had 242 deaths which involved a teenage driver in 2008, third among all 50 states behind that of Texas, 650 deaths, and Florida with 516 deaths (California DMV). Teenagers are reckless and we must do everything reasonable to prevent deaths.
Hence the Jews were not able to protect themselves from the Nazi’s, and therefore nearly six-million Jews were murdered. On the other hand if the Jews had firearms they could have protected themselves and lowered the number of deaths in the holocaust, maybe even prevented it. If you assume banning firearms will prevent crime you are wrong, it will only increase crime-rates. How do I know this? Well according to the Huffington Post, six years after firearms were banned in the United Kingdom gun-crime there had more than doubled; and by 2009 gun-crime had jumped by a colossal 89%.
Sociology 2962-721 October 29, 2012 Thought Piece #3 Case Study Two: The Prison Industrial Complex In the late 12th century the United States prison system exploded. Mass incarceration has caused a slew of economic and social problems for this country. Steven R. Donziger, author of “Crime and Policy,” noted that America is both obsessed and fearful of crime. American media is saturated with criminal drama, and news coverage is constantly reporting drastic displays of violence (488). Donziger’s studies show that crime rates since the 1970’s are remarkably stable, and violent crimes such as those displayed in the media have dropped by sixteen percent (489).
Everyone in society plays a particular role. Social justice advocates might be concerned about incarceration rates that show racial disproportions and a fiscally conservative taxpayer would also be worried about the cost of said “war on drugs.” State legislatures need new ideas and solutions to come out of the war on drugs, considering policy change is in their hands. The United States has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world. The inmate population grew considerably by 1,849 prisoners a week in 1996; that is 264 people a day. One out of every 155 U.S. residents has been behind bars, putting the United States only second to Russia and it’s per person rate of incarceration.
in the Code of the King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.1). Also stated by DPIC (2011), “in those days, the death penalty was implemented for the act of murder and carried out by “crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive and impalement” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.1). However, as all things must change, so did the ways in which the death penalty was carried out as well as the crimes deeming punishable. As stated by DPIC (2011), “executions were now being carried out for such capital offenses such as marrying a Jew, not confessing to a crime, and treason” (Part I: History of the Death Penalty, para.2). “In the Tenth Century A.D., hanging became the usual method of execution in Britain…and in the 16th Century, under the reign of Henry VIII, as many as 72,000 people are estimated to have been executed in which some common methods of execution at that time were boiling, burning at the stake, hanging beheading, and drawing and quartering” (2010, Part I: History of the
According to the National Safety Council, 23 percent of all crashes each year involve cell phone use, resulting in 1.3 million crashes nationally (FCC). A Harvard risk analysis study estimated the annual cost of crashes caused by cell phone use to be $43 billion annually. Texting behind the wheel has been proven to be more dangerous than driving drunk. In test settings, drunken