This belief does not make sense to me; if the life of the unborn is considered precious, then all life should be considered precious, including those who have allegedly committed terrible crimes. Opponents of the death penalty believe that the death penalty is a form of cruel and unusual punishment, is racially biased, can often times be meted out to an innocent person, and is not a deterrent against future murders. Let us begin by first dealing with the issue of the death penalty as being a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Are there terrible murders being committed in this country today? Absolutely.
Ernest van den Hagg, in his article “On Deterrence and the Death Penalty” mentions, “One abstains from dangerous acts because of vague, inchoate, habitual and, above all preconscious fears” (193). Without this type of deterrence what would stop criminals that already in prisons for life keep from killing another inmate or a staff that works there? There are those that are against the death penalty called anti-death penalty advocates, they say that imprisonment by it self is enough to deter criminals, killing criminals is not needed! Hugo Bedau argues in his article, “Capital Punishment and Social defense” says, “Crimes can be deterred only by making would-be criminals frightened of being arrested, convicted, and punished for crimes” (301). According to Richard Seiter in his book “An Introduction Corrections” states that “From 1986 to 1997 the number of males that went to prison increased 70% while the number of females increased 118%” (210).
Capital punishment is feared by potential murderers because once it is ordered on them they are not coming back. When those potential murderers are deterred away form murder, those are innocent lives that are saved. Further, if we get rid of capital punishment we will just be showing criminals that they can get away with murder, and be punished that severely.
You will not kill. How does it say it? By killing!” Although the statement is memorable and appealing, it is also misleading and deceptive. Capital punishment does not demonstrate the wrongfulness of killing by killing; it demonstrates the wrongfulness of killing by executing convicted murderers after a fair trial. The death penalty is enforced to illustrate that murder is intolerable: if one takes the life of an innocent human, then one will suffer th... ... middle of paper ... ...dges then conclude if the suspect is guilty and decide whether the criminal will receive the death penalty; the family does not.
On the other hand, opponents argue that we don’t have the power to take another human being’s life; so it encourages a culture of violence that violates our human rights. Opponents also argue that the execution discriminates against minorities and the poor. Through these many viewpoints I believe that the issue of capital punishment will continue to be a controversy. One of the main reasons why I decided to ... ... middle of paper ... ...ica Have Capital Punishment? : The Experts on Both Sides Make Their Best Case.
But, to advocate execution will only leave us as hypocrites, rather than avengers of justice. The validity of the death penalty is negligible, as is the human ability to weigh the value of life. Conceivably it is possible to decrease the levels of heinous crime today. But, when heinous crime is punished with the same, we are no better than the criminals are. Rationalization of the death penalty only equates to judicial murder.
When society’s justification for murder is yet another senseless act of murder, how can we, as members of society, say that we truly cherish human life? Capital punishment is hypocritical and promotes hatred, retribution and fury as a method to resolve one 's issues. It enables ordinarily rational individuals to succumb to their dark desires of retaliation and bloodlust; that will ultimately lead to the destruction of civilized society. Although efficient in its ultimate purpose, it is not as adequate in saving money, deterring crime, consistency, and most importantly choosing its victims; not to mention immorally wrong. Therefore, capital punishment, an irredeemable crime executed by governments without positive results, should be abolished.
So how are we legally able to take this born right away from another? The only justifi... ... middle of paper ... ...s of society thus inhibiting us from committing more crimes. John Lamperti said, “If executions protected innocent lives through deterrence, which would weigh in the balance against capital punishment's heavy social costs. But despite years of trying, this benefit has not been shown to exist; the only proven effects of capital punishment are its liabilities.”9 In the final analysis we see that it is hard to prove either side. For both arguments can become faulty by debate.
Some may argue though that such like criminals do not have stable emotions or a state of mind. This would work against the argument that it prevents potential crimes, because they are principally planning or able to carry out their crime. The Death Penalty is a fear based incentive to attempt to eliminate all horrific crimes from happening. This form of punishment is completely understandable for these types of criminals. The death sentence is only condemned to those who commit first degree murder.
The whole system of capital punishment is visibly flawed as its ability to execute the real criminals based upon DNA evidence continues to fail. Also, by killing criminals instead of using life imprisonment, the government continues to waste life and morally corrupt the public by settling random violent acts with systematic violent acts. Although some believe that murderers and cold-blooded killers should be immediately assigned the death penalty, death row should not be used as its process contains several flaws and it degrades the value of human life when alternative actions can be taken. From a historical standpoint, the use of capital punishment has survived through the ages, starting during the rule of Hammurabi in the Babylonian area. His Code dictated the earliest forms of the death penalty, which applied to a broad scope of punishments all under a single law, like, “an eye for an eye”.