Does this mean that we should throw out the death penalty because people, who did not really deserve to die, were killed? No, we have changed the laws, and no one gets the death penalty unless they deserve to die. Capital punishment should stay around. Yes, there are some maldistributions on the way it is opposed on a person, but those maldistributions are imposed on guilty people. Capital punishment is feared by potential murderers because once it is ordered on them they are not coming back.
Controversy of Capital Punishment “Many see the penalty as barbaric and against American values.” says Joe Messerli in his article “Should the Death Penalty be banned as a form or punishment?” (Messerli) Whether or not capital punishment should be used creates a huge dispute between Americans. The controversy of capital punishment can be understood by knowing what capital punishment is, why people are for capital punishment and understanding why people are against capital punishment. Capital punishment was common throughout the ancient world (Henderson 6).The term death penalty is sometimes used interchangeably with capital punishment, but is not always followed by execution.Capital punishment cannot exist outside of the criminal justice system
Still anti-death penalty advocates believe that the death penalty is irreversible and that some people who really weren’t guilty are sentenced to death. Yes the death penalty is irreversible but the chance that an innocent person gets sentenced to death is extremely low. The judicial system goes threw extreme measures to insure this doesn’t happened! They do this by making sure that only when guilt is determined by clear and convincing evidenced be punished.
Although the death penalty is a reasonable punishment, I am against it because it is another form of murder, which is a cruel act. Death penalty is also known as capital punishment, where a criminal proven guilty of a major crime is sentenced to death by the government. I am against the death penalty and can prove it. Death penalty decreases crime for the reason that people fear nothing more than death (Van Den Haag, 1983). By putting the criminals to death, the people all around us are protected from future crimes.
The main dispute for those who favor capital punishment is due to the fact that death is the “ultimate incapacitation” (Siegel, 411). I think that this is the quintessential reason why the United States should continue to allow the death penalty. Without it there are ways of mitigating ones sentence, making it unfair to the victims. Sternberg states that taxpayers “should not bear the costs of keeping [those on death row] alive in prison” (Sternberg, 5). I agree with this statement because once a person is convicted of a harsh enough crime to be condemned to life in prison they should not be dependent on society’s hard earned cash.
Capital Punishment Capital Punishment is regarded by most as a successful deterrent to murder, but that is because these people don’t look at it as it is applied. According to retributivists such as Kant and Van Den Haag the guilty deserves to be punished. On the other hand, people against the death penalty like Bedau think that the death penalty is just as much an effective deterrent as life in prison. The most famous retributivist Kant, states that the guilty ought to get punished because they chose to act wrongly, and by punishing them, we are respecting them as a moral agents. This occurs because humans are given the ability to reason and act morally and thus if we don’t punish them we are not treating them as moral agents.
The ONLY punishment from which one cannot escape is the death penalty. Opponents of the death penalty believe capital punishment is unnecessary and inappropriate in our modern society. In their minds, such an act by the government serves no positive social purpose and only denigrates life (Death Penalty Focus, 2015). On the other hand, those in favor of capital punishment, including the US Supreme Court, see the death penalty as the proper punishment for certain criminals who have committed specific crimes. Supporters also argue that the death penalty is a necessary deterrent to saving innocent lives (Pro-Death Penalty, 2014).
One reason that Capital Punishment is just is the idea that it is moral retribution to the murderer. According to David Gelernter, the death penalty supporter’s view is that the main goal in executing murderers is to make a point that murder is completely intolerable in today’s society. The purpose is not to avenge or else the victim’s family would choose the method of death. Nor is the main purpose to deter, or the executions would be made public. (“Death Penalty” 54).
Capital punishment, the execution of criminals by the state for heinous murders, is the only acceptable form of punishment for such acts of atrocity. The opponents of capital punishment believe this to be immoral and non-productive, however advocates of capital punishment have proven this to be effective, and a deterrent of future murders. Capital punishment is a highly controversial topic, and the general public has been drastically losing confidence in it. Violent crimes and murder are part of the cruelest, most inhuman and horrific crimes that exist and the violate the victim’s right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. The death penalty was reinstituted in 1976 by the supreme court after it was stopped for 4 years ( Liptak 2).
“There are some defendants who have earned the ultimate punishment our society has to offer by committing murder with aggravating circumstances present. I believe life is sacred. It cheapens the life of an innocent murder victim to say that society has no right to keep the murderer from ever killing again. In my view, society has not only the right, but the duty to act in self defense to protect the innocent", argues the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent person on death row. There have been several cases that evidence were proven to exonerate death row inmates.