Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?

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Carter 1 James Carter Courtney Sullivan ENG 110.92 22 April 2012 Should the Death Penalty be Allowed? Many people argue that, the death penalty is justifiable and some argue it down right cruel. According to this website, more than 1,188 inmates were executed from 1977 to 2009 by lethal injection. Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers, although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, terrorist and other crimes. 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. Is the death penalty immoral? In my opinion I don’t think it’s immoral, if the punishment fit the crime. If someone takes another person’s life, I think the system should use the appropriate methods to make sure this person is incarcerated or loses his life for the crime of the person or persons life in which they took. When a life is taken, most people seek justice within the judicial system, while others take matters into their
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