The Death Penalty Essay

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Amber Crawley Death Penalty 11/13/2012 The question regarding whether the United States should continue to implement the death penalty as a form of punishment is a heated issue in American politics. The topic is so divisive because it deals with death, which is permanent. Life is valued in every society, and when life is taken away, emotions arise. Most human beings maintain a strong underlying fear of dying, so they wish to prevent their own death, especially their murder, at any cost. Furthermore, since crime is a prevalent problem in the U.S., Americans yearn for a successful way to reduce the homicide rate. However, most Americans do not favor the use of the death penalty when other options, such as life in prison without parole plus restitution, are presented (Dieter). By comparing the observed and moral claims of the arguments in favor and against the use of the death penalty, the argument supports that killing for justice is acceptable. I am on a stand against the death penalty because killing to get justice is just bringing us down to the defendants level. I also think just letting them die gives them an easy way out. Not only do they get an easy way out it costs the American people millions of dollars to sentence them to death. The key issues involve whether the U.S. should sustain the current death penalty system, abolish it in favor of life in prison without parole plus restitution, or only reform the system to make it less costly and free of class, racial, and mental illness discrepancies. Many people have a stake in the issue. Organizations such as Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union are against the death penalty, because they claim it is a cruel and unusual form of punishment; other groups, such as the National Center for Policy Analysis support the death penalty because they believe that life sentences do

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