Not everyone will be deterred from committing heinous crimes because of the death penalty. However, since the death penalty is the highest penalty for crimes it will obviously evoke the most fear in a human being. This fear will save... ... middle of paper ... ...rt the healing process. If a state governed by law is to be able to show warmth, compassion and peace of mind to victims and their families, then the death penalty is the most effective way to bring this about. The argument to the above is that the death penalty does not bring back any victim to life, therefore, unnecessary.
It is the finality of the death penalty which instills fear into the heart of every murderer, and it is this fear of punishment which protects society(Crowe 41). As you can see incarceration is not working for America's criminals. Secondly, people should get the death penalty because our prisons aren't very punishing or intimidating. People aren't very averse to go to prison. In fact, some criminologists have argued that the overuse of the penal system for so many small time offenders has actually created mor... ... middle of paper ... ...risoners eventually return to prison(Taylor 20).
“If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life” (“Prevents”). Although some may think that the death penalty is harsh, “capital punishment is likely to deter more than any other imprisonments because people fear death more than anything else” (“Prevents”). The death penalty is the best form of punishment for those convicted of murder, but it is flawed in many aspects. Part of the problem is that “the laws today are too lenient” (Burgado). This statement couldn’t be more true; there are many murderers that are serving life sentences or are free because the laws aren’t strict enough.
There are chances that the system might convict an innocent citizen. There is no way to mend the mistakes we make. “‘We’re only humans, we all make mistakes,”’ (“Capital Punishment”) is a frequently used expression, but is it as true as anything can be. Therefore, the fact that there is a chance of an innocent life to be condemned to death should be enough to abolish the death penalty, but it is not enough for our government. Additionally, according to Amnesty International “‘the death penalty legitimizes an irreversible act of violence by the state and will inevitably claim innocent victims.”’(“Capital Punishment”).
This point is also made in Bedau’s argument, I believe knowing that is enough of a reason to stop using the death penalty. In Haag... ... middle of paper ... ...ely six times the cost of life-imprisonment sentence”(365) Some might argue that the occasional chance of one innocent person losing their life is ok since the death penalty deters plenty of people, but that isn’t the case at all. In conclusion I strongly feel that the death penalty is wrong and should be ended as soon as possible. You can clearly see that a better argument is presented against the death penalty than the one presented for it. We now have the means to keep people in prison for life and I believe that is enough, especially when there is a chance of an innocent person getting killed through the death penalty.
Having the death penalty in our society is humane; it helps the overcrowding problem and gives relief to the families of the victims, who had to go through an event such as murder. Without the death penalty, criminals would be more inclined to commit additional violent crimes. Fear of death discourages people from committing crimes. If capital punishment were carried out more it would prove to be the crime preventative it was partly intended to be. Most criminals would think twice before committing murder if they knew their own lives were at stake.
By placing convicts on death row, America has found a just way of preventing repeat offenders while decreasing the rate of homicide as justice deteriorates crime rates. For instance, “There is overwhelming proof that living murderers harm and murder again, in prison and after improper release. No one disputed that living murderers are infinitely more likely to harm and murder again than are those that are executed murderers” (Williams). Accordingly, with the chance of facing the death penalty and going on death row, criminals are discouraged from committing the crime they are proceeding in, apprehensive of being placed on death row. Revealing likewise, this also shows that punishing criminals by benefiting them with shelter, food, and basic accommodations does not discourage them from committing more crimes after an improper release occurs.
The long term cost is almost the same as a life without parole sentence. Criminal who did serious crimes deserve the death penalty and do not deserve to live. The money spent on an inmate can be used to fix our roads, build schools, and enhance education programs for school. Some say that capital punishment is inhumane and barbaric, but these same morale feelings were not applied when the criminal murdered the victim. Capital punishment would not only bring closure to the family, but deter crime by knowing that they could not commit murder or harm to anyone else’s family or loved ones.
Proponents believe that killing these criminals will reduce crime and make sure that the criminals will never commit a monstrous crime again. Many prisoners who are out on parole can take advantage of their release and actually cause more crimes and danger. But if the criminals are put on death row, it also sets an example for others and may prevent petty criminals from moving on to more serious crimes. The death pen... ... middle of paper ... ...ices, instead of being used for the death penalty. The better alternative is life without parole, not the death penalty.
Having the death penalty is efficient in taking out the world’s most gruesome criminals. By getting rid of these criminals, we do not have to worry about them escaping from prison or being set free and committing more of the same crimes. By having this, criminals would not want to do crimes since they do not want to risk their own lives. Some crimes are so terrible that people do not deserve to live because the crimes they commit are so heinous. It will be seen as a privilege to still be alive after what they have done.