The death penalty is a great tool for the American justice system. Without it, criminals may have the opportunity to reoffend or commit other heinous crimes. The death penalty also saves the lives of what may be future victims by preventing these criminals from ever having the opportunity to commit another crime against innocent civilians. There are those who will argue that we are taking away their human rights to live. True, every human was born with human rights, but I believe if you take away someone else’s life, you give up your human rights.
The death penalty gives those that are actually guilty the easy way out of punishment, and the innocent a wrongful death. Giving the guilty the death penalty keeps them from ever coming to terms with what they have done wrong. They don’t get the chance to truly feel apologetic or right the wrong they have done. The death penalty allows the guilty to escape their own thoughts and guilt. “But the others were perfectly rational.
3. Putting to death a criminal can not "un-do" the crimes they have committed. Perhaps a better use of funding could be put toward prevention of similar crimes by potential offenders and training special forces to detect threats. 4. There is always the possibility that innocents could be convicted and put to death.
Criminals might think twice before they commit a crime if they knew they were going to get the death penalty. Retribution is another pro for capital punishment, because the death penalty is a real punishment. Instead of sending the criminal to a rehabilitative program, he or she is forced to suffer for the crime they committed. Retribution helps console the family of the victims, who are grieving over the death of a loved one. Capital punishment saves money and overcrowding in the prisons.
A life of incarceration without the possibility of parole is a realistic alternative for the small number of offenders who are likely to be executed in any given year. Justice does not mandate death but justice does request that murderers be punished. If punishment is reasonable for returning justice and the moral order, it does not necessarily follow that capital punishment is moral. “The death penalty only allows us to extend the pain. It allows us to continue to blame one another, to turn against one another, to learn to hate better”.
22-5). The only reason it is implemented is to give others some kind or justification. It is morally not justified to kill someone by killing (Manning & Rhoden-Trader, 2000, pp. 22-5). The death penalty at times has executed the innocent while also allowing those who have committed horrendous crimes to go free.
The murderers deserve to be executed like they killed their victims. “off with their heads” should literally be enforced for criminals committing capital crimes. Hence, Capital punishment, the death penalty for certain crimes such as murder or treason, should be legalized for all premeditated capital crimes because it is the ultimate deterrent for all other crimes, it provides retribution and justice to the victim’s relations and society and it enjoys widespread religious support. Fear of death deters people from committing a crime. Deterrence is an act or process of discouraging and preventing an action from occurring.
Should we adhere to the policy of “an eye for an eye”? Opponents of the Death Penalty, in their attempt to illustrate that executing a convicted criminal is no less barbaric than the crime for which he or she is being punished, claim that sentencing these individuals to death does not deter crime. In fact, such executions merely convey that it is acceptable to act violently. In her argument against Capital Punishment, Belinda York states, “Why should potential criminals be afraid of committing crimes, when the very society that prohibits such behavior resorts to the same methods” (89)? According to this view, if the state is allowed to kill, why is not this privilege extended to all citizens?
Conrado Valido Frederick Knowles English Composition: Response Paper 11 February 2011 The Death Penalty According to David Bruck, “neither justice nor self-preservation demands that we kill men” and I beg to differ. Death penalty is considered as a controversial topic today. Death penalty is the best way to bring justice because it is cheap, it serves as justice for the victims, and it gives a higher regard to the victim’s suffering in the hands of the murderer. Although some people oppose death penalty saying it is immoral and a waste of life, it is still the best way to bring justice to the victims of heinous crimes. Death penalty is the best way to bring justice because it is cheap.
Perhaps the most frequently raised argument against capital punishment is that of its cost. Other thoughts on the death penalty are to turn criminals away from committing violent acts. A just argument against the death penalty would be that sentencing an individual to death prevents future crimes by other individuals. However, criminals are not afraid of the death penalty. The chance of a criminal being sentenced to death is very slim.