Capital Punishment

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A famous expression, “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” has become the basis for this political debate over the past several decades --- capital punishment. In society today, many people are murdered every day by the hands of another human being. Those who are for capital punishment promote that it is a deterrent for crime, provides closure, and is a moral punishment for those who choose to take a human life. Those not in favor of it argue that it is an ineffective crime deterrent, sends the wrong message, and is more expensive than sentencing a murderer to life in prison. When those who commit these heinous crimes are found guilty in the court of law, the loved ones of the victims often wants the murderer to be sentenced to death. It is not easy to lose a loved one in such a tragic way, but we as people need to refrain from living with “an eye for an eye” mentality, therefore capital punishment should be abolished. Capital punishment is also known as the death penalty. It is execution as a punishment for a person convicted of committing a crime. “The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different crimes. The death penalty was also part of the Fourteenth Century B.C.'s Hittite Code; in the Seventh Century B.C.'s Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes; and in the Fifth Century B.C.'s Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets. Death sentences were carried out by such means as crucifixion, drowning, beating to death, burning alive, and impalement.” (“Intro to Death Penalty” par. 1) The death penalty was given as a punishment for such capital offenses as not ... ... middle of paper ... ... Punishment is execution as a form of punishment for people who have committed capital offenses. This form of punishment has been the center of a political debate over the past several decades. Many believe that it is a form of crime deterrent and provides closure for the loved ones of victims, while others believe it’s ineffective when it comes to deterrence and it sends the wrong message to other individuals. The loss of a loved one in such a tragic way is terrible, but to punish someone is such a way will not bring back that loved one. Capital Punishment should be abolished throughout the world. Works Cited http://www.balancedpolitics.org/death_penalty.htm http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=002000 http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/part-i-history-death-penalty#intro http://www.religioustolerance.org/execut3.htm

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