Many say the death penalty is of value because it preserves the law, keeps down crime, and it cost less to house prisoners, it honors the victims and grieving families and it will stop crime. On the other hand, the death penalty has no deterrent in crimes, it targets people of color or people who cannot afford a good lawyer, and it just gives the government the right to take another human life, in which people have lost their lives for crimes they didn’t commit. In order to distinguish the difference between the death penalty and capital punishment, with the death penalty the state must prove at least one aggravator, and the defense must provide evidence migators, stating that life in prison without parole is more appropriate. Capital punishment, the state has to prove guilt. If there’s not a unanimous vote, it could lead to a mistrial, or if the jury finds conviction on a capital offense it moves to the second phase to decide if the death penalty is granted.
Current Events Editorial 38 states in the U.S. have the death penalty. I am for the death penalty. I believe it should be used if an intentional murder was committed, and the suspect was identified by an eyewitness and DNA tests. Also, the suspect had to be normal, as in no mental retardation, or not being drunk or high on drugs. There are a lot of arguments on why the death penalty should and shouldn’t be used.
It truly makes a criminal pay for his crime, stops the criminal from committing it again, and deters other criminals from committing the same crime. Society has always used punishment to discourage potential criminals from unlawful action. Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to deter murder, and that is the death penalty. If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life. In those countries like Singapore which carry out death sentences, there is far less serious crime.
There are many methods to apply capital punishment such as hanging, firing squad, electrocution, lethal gas, and lethal injection. Actually, I do not agree with unusual and cruel punishments such as torture; it is often unreliable and pointless. Capital punishment should be swift. For example, a firing squad is a good way, in my opinion, because it finishes the criminal’s life immediately. Societies should apply the justice which is defined as giving each person his due, what each deserves.
However, we cannot forget the fact that people can change. There is a chance that these murderers regretted what they have done and decided not to kill others anymore. Thus, by executing these people, actually no innocent people are saved. However, I still think that there should be capital punishment for murderers because if they can change their minds to be good people, it is also possible for them to change their minds to be bad again. The
The mistake of killing someone who is innocent can not be undone and yet the death penalty still goes on. The death penalty does not only harm incent people but also people who are not involved in the crime or the death penalty. The death penalty costs a fortune and where do they get that money if you guessed taxes that is right. They take the money that is meant for people with out money who need Medicare and the food stamps and waste it on people who do not deserve it. Thus, the criminal justice of New York State bar association— which includes prosecutors, judges, and defense attorney—opposed re-institution of the death penalty because of “the enormous cost associated with
Over the past century, murder rates have gone up a record high leaving the death penalty as the only option to stop murders. There are some criminologists who believe that capital punishment does not prevent crime. In 1972, the U.S. Supreme Court abolished capital punishment due to the court case Furman vs. Georgia, that made murder rates higher then what they usually were. Many murders are caused by those who know each other i.e., relatives, friends, and acquaintances. Arguments go back and forth whether capital punishment is “cruel and unusual punishment” because of the torture people on death row go through.
Personally I believe that no one should be sentenced to life in prison, it is a waste of taxpayers’ money. If they commit a crime give them a certain amount of years for that particular crime or if the crime is so horrendous the person should be sentenced to death. I know that some people are for and against the dealth penalty, but
It crosses the line of not just morality but the defining junction of who truly holds the power to pass this judgment. While capital punishment has been invoked in many states there is still an issue of morality. Many of these individual rights have been all but nullified because of an act that may or may not have been committed. But as a society we are deathly quick to persecute another individual for their crimes thinking that it is justice. Is there really justice in killing another human being that has killed someone else?
I think that if someone isn’t given strict punishment for a crime they committed, they will just commit the crime over and over again because they know they can get away with it. Compassion and understanding can only go so far. Without swift punishment for criminals it’s like they only get a pat on the back and told not to do it