According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “Capital Punishment is the execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense.” Over the centuries capital punishment has been one of the most controversial debates in our society. The decapitation of criminals and domestic opponents has been used by many of our societies. The purpose of decapitating is to decrease crime rates and have a safe society, but many of Americans today argue that capital punishment is and is not a deterrent. (Wikipedia). Practices of the death penalty have been held in some countries mainly for murder, treason, sexual crimes and many other criminal and non criminal offenses.
The death penalty should be used to punish violent criminals. Some believe that capital punishment is unfair. Reno says, "Sadly, the same is true of the entire criminal justice system, both state and federal" (Justice Dept sees). How can a punishment be judged as fair? Every judge will have some biases.
Since the beginning of modern law, capital punishment has been present in our world. Ranging from the guillotine to lethal injection, over time people have discovered more “humane” ways to execute a convicted criminal. Opinions on the subject may vary depending on certain situations, such as the victim being a family member or close friend. Although there are solid pro-arguments for the death penalty I believe there is enough evidence that implies it should not be legal in any way, shape or form. Imagine if you knew the day and exact time that you would die.
Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Fear is used in the death penalty as a way to deter people from murder and provide justice for the victims. The death penalty can be executed in many different ways: lethal injection, electrocution, hanging, firing squad, and gas chamber. Due to economic issues, we believe that death penalty should be carried out by hanging. The death penalty is very controversial nationwide.
Lauri Friedman quotes, “Executions simply inject more violence into an already hostile American society.” The cost of the Death Penalty is highly expensive. A case to put someone in jail costs on average two million three hundred thousand dollars on average while to put an inmate in jail for forty years cost on average seven hundred and sixty thousand dollars (Friedman 11). In Texas the death penalty cost three times more money than putting an inmate in the highest security level in a jail for forty years (4). It also takes time for a death penalty case to be processed and a convict to be sentenced to the death penalty. Then it takes more time for the state to act and to administer the death penalty to people on death row.
Criminals responsible for committing any crime against God would be executed. While our society does not execute individuals supposedly practicing witchcraft or committing other sins, there is still a need for capital punishment. Not only should the death penalty be condoned, but improved upon to give criminals punishments comparable to the brutal crime responsible for their prosecution. The methods of executing criminals have evolved greatly since colonial times. Our government now uses the method of lethal injection, which causes the criminal to lose consciousness before he is injected with a poisonous substance.
The death penalty has also impacted law enforcement by focusing the investigation on compiling the necessary evidence and witness accounts in order to correctly gather all the necessary information. The death penalty has always been controversial in history, but the arguments for and against the abolishment of the death penalty is critical in establishing a correct punishment for the crime committed. The death penalty has been backed by statistical analysis that has provided arguments for and against the sentencing based off deterrence methods. People against the death penalty have documented states that do not have the death penalty and have shown a decrease in murder rate. David Cooper’s statistical article provides information for non-death penalty states showing lower murder rates by stating, “When comparisons are made between states with the death penalty and states without, the majority of death penalty states show murder rates higher than non-death penalty states.
One of the most controversial topics debated since the dawn of its era is capital punishment aka: the death penalty. Capital punishment is the planned taking of a human life by a government in response to the conviction of a criminal for a capital crime. Criminals who commit heinous acts such as, murder must suffer the consequences of the ultimate punishment; death. Society tends to have passionate opinions on the issue both for and against this method of punishment. This unfortunately causes our nation to be extremely divided resulting in inconsistencies in trial verdicts from state to state.
Then the current social arguments and problems with the death penalty. Finally, we will look at some of the many ethical issues about capital punishment still add to the controversy. (Reggio, History of the Death Penalty) Form the beginning of history, the death penalty has been used around the world as much way to punish people for their crimes. Most countries use that capital punishment are use it for the worst types of crimes for example, murder , treason and spying, many militaries will apply the death penalty and the soldiers or normal people who are doing wrong against their country. In ancient Rome and Greece it was use large range of crimes, and has continued but less the, most places.
True Justice Through Application of the Death Penalty The death penalty, as administered by states based on their individual laws, is considered capital punishment, the purpose of which is to penalize criminals convicted of murder or other heinous crimes (Fabian). The death penalty issue has been the focus of much controversy in recent years, even though capital punishment has been a part of our country's history since the beginning. Crimes in colonial times, such as murder and theft of livestock were dealt with swiftly and decisively ("The Death Penalty..."). Criminals were hanged shortly after their trial, in public executions. This practice was then considered just punishment for those crimes.