Recently in the United States, there has been 875 prisoners executed, but not one has been proven innocent. The death penalty provides justice to the families involved in the worst crimes (Jacoby). “The execution of a murderer sends a powerful moral message: that the innocent life he t... ... middle of paper ... ...es, but we do not tear the lighthouse down’” (qtd. by Sharp “Death Penalty Paper”). We believe that the death penalty should be enforced because it can be used as a way to put fear into criminals and decrease the murder rate throughout the world.
Capital Punishment Capital punishment should be legal in all of the 50 United States of America. I do not believe that people who commit horrific crimes should locked up to live an almost luxurious sentence, they should be killed! There are many reasons why hard criminals should be done away with. This essay will reveal some of my personal reasons why as well as reasons we should support capital punishment in the United States. According to www.Derechos.net, “Capital punishment is the execution of a criminal pursuant to a sentence of death imposed by a competent court.” Meaning, the court decides if the criminal gets to be killed.
These figures are high for the year, 1995. People consider this fair since all these prisoners have committed murder, but sometimes the US Department of Justice can not bring justice to either parties. As of December 31, 1995, lethal injection was the predominant method of execution in the United States. Out of 50 states, 32 are using this type of execution. There were some states who are still using the other types of execution.
Although some people argue that the death penalty is inhumane and against human rights, crime rates could be lowered through the use and reform of the death penalty. Since the 1700’s forms of the death penalty have been used for one reason or another, but today some disagree with this judicial practice. The death penalty is the ultimate punishment imposed for murder or other capital offenses, and in Alabama a capital offense is murder with eighteen aggravating factors. In 1972 the Supreme Court moved away from abolition, holding that “the punishment of death does not invariably violate the constitution” (Bedau, Case against 2). Since 1900, in this country, there have been on the average more than four cases each year in which an entirely innocent person was convicted of murder (Bedau 7) and because of these startling numbers people are against capital punishment.
Capital Punishment in the United States Executive Summary Capital punishment has been around for many years as a way of executing criminals. Despite what most believe, capital punishment is not functional in the American society. Defenders of the death penalty often claim that the execution of criminals will teach others not to do bad, initially decreasing crime rates. Unfortunately, statistics prove that thought to be wrong. Capital punishment also has great flaws.
For the death penalty to be a proper deterrent, thousands of killers must be executed every year instead of only a few dozen. Even if the death penalty did deter crime rates, is it still humane and just? According to Time magazine, 74% of Americans support capital punishment, but strangely enough, 52% do not believe it deters murder (95). Statistics show that a long prison sentence is a much better antidote than death. The death of a murderer does not bring back the victim or heal the families' wounds.
The death penalty is legal in thirty-two states. I shall argue that capital punishment should be abolished in our country because it is never moral to kill a human being no matter what they have done, because it often costs more money to keep someone on death row than to keep someone in prison for life, because of the men and women who are wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit, and because death is the easy way out. I believe that there is a standard when it comes to morality. The basics of that standard includes knowing that murder, rape, torture, treason, kidnapping, larceny, and perjury are wrong. What does it mean for something to be wrong?
The number of first degree murderers who are sentenced to death is small, and of this group an even smaller number of people are eventually executed. The possibility of increasing the number of convicted murderers sentenced to death and executed is declining because mandatory death sentences were declared unconstitutional in 1976 (NCADP). Murder and o... ... middle of paper ... ... government to hold the power to take a human life, no matter what the crime. Bibliography: Works Cited Amnesty International. "Against the Death Penalty."
Capital punishment results in the death of an American citizen; the only difference is murder is illegal unless the government is holding the gun. Many individuals believe the death penalty is a deterrent to future crimes, but numerous think differently. The public view about capital punishment has been shown in polls and the majority would choose punishment over death (“Facts on the Death Penalty”). Even though the bulk of the population is pro life, thirty-four states allow the death penalty as the highest punishment. Even though the death penalty is said to be humane and does not “violate” government laws, many residents question if the government should have the authority to kil... ... middle of paper ... ...tate, 2010.” U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.
According to Justice Department figures, nearly 80 percent of inmates on death row are Black, Hispanic or from another minority group (Eddlem, 2002). Yet another reason for abolishing capital punishment is that the death penalty is often applied at random. “Politics, quality of legal counsel and the jurisdiction where a crime is committed are more... ... middle of paper ... ... it achieves justice. In my opinion, people who commit heinous crimes against humanity should be executed. Regardless of cost or how long it takes I believe that putting these people to death is the correct sentence, not only because I feel that they deserve to die but because the death penalty is a deterrent and society is better off without these criminals.