In 1977, Clarence Ray Allen was convicted for murder after arranging the death of a witness against him in a burglary case and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison without parole. In 1980, Allen organized the killings of the witnesses who had worked against him in his previous conviction. Finally, Allen was sentenced to death, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he was executed (Ardaiz). During those twenty-six painful years, the families and loved ones of the victims had to spend their days knowing that the one who had torn apart their family was still alive. As James A. Ardaiz, a former judge, and the prosecutor on the case of Allen, so succinctly put it, “Retribution is not only a need of society; it is a right of those victimized.” One person who the death penalty brought peace to was John Rizzotti.
It should not even be an option as a form of punishment. More citizens should see that having the death penalty has a more negative than positive outcome (Douthat). The death penalty should be done away with; many innocent people are on death row, states with the death penalty have a higher murder rate, and it is a more expensive alternative. Numerous innocent people are on death row and have to await their fate of being executed while desperately trying to prove their innocence. Calvin Johnson Jr. he was an innocent man whom was sentenced to death as a result of a rape charge.
Is capital punishment an equal consequence for the death and killing of another person? Should we even consider this an option, or should we make the senseless individual rot behind the walls of a prison, where they are treated like the criminal they are. Even though every action deserves the consequence equal to the level of crime, capital punishment should be considered before we use it to take another persons’ life because in our judicial system things may go awry that may lead to false imprisonment. False imprisonment would contribute to killing another innocent. What kind of crime could a person commit that there punishment is nonetheless the death sentence?
Capital punishment (the death penalty) is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. There are different opinions of the death penalty. Some oppose it and some agree with it. The death penalty has been regarded as a deterrent for murder. In an article called ”Working for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, it reveals “Death Penalty Focus reports on November 20th, 2008, that many victims of crime have realized a life for a life is no way to ease their pain”.
Capital Punishment Try to imagine a relative sitting in a dark, cold, and tight prison cell and knowing minutes later that death would come for them through lethal injection. What if their case wasn't handled correctly, what if evidence was mishandled, and possibly an innocent person is going to die. Imagine the family who has been waiting years for justice to be served by the means of lethal injection. There is two sides to every story either way both families will grieve or already is. According to Death Penalty Information Center (2011), since 1976 the United States of America has executed 1,243 individuals who have been convicted of a serious crime.
These actions cause the actual criminals to be out and about carrying out more crimes. In November of 2005 Juan Moreno, the victim of a non-fatal shooting, was the only eye witness to the crime. Moreno had told the Houston Chronicle paper that the alleged shooter, Ruben Cantu, was innocent and that he had only pointed at Cantu because of pressures from the police. Unfortunately, Ruben Cantu had been executed years before the newspaper was published (Sangillo). This shows that pressure from other people towards the witnesses could wrongfully convict and unfortunately kill innocent people.
When deciding what kinds of crimes deserve the death penalty is there a correct answer? The innocent people that are put to death for a crime that they did not commit are unable to be released from a permanent sentence of death. Depending on the state that crime takes place in the death penalty could be considered for acts of treason, murder, rape, drug trafficking, and even perjury. Circumstances surrounding these and other crimes is what indicates the extent of the punishment being handed down. The problem is that while some cases are filled with undeniable evidence against the perpetrator, others are somewhat questionable.
This created major problems in the fact that it left those who were weak in power at the mercy of the strong. False accusations could go unchecked and unjust punishment would be given to those who could not properly defend themselves. Death was used a penalty for crimes that were “applied […] sparingly and only for the most terrible of crimes. Others imposed it for minor offenses” such as under the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets death was the penalty for publis... ... middle of paper ... ...if.
The death penalty also known as capital punishment is an execution in which the person who committed the offence is put to death by the state. It was first practiced in Jamestown colony, 1608. The person was hanged for spying for the Spanish government and was the 1st person sentenced to death in America. Since then, it has been a form to punish the criminals for committing such heinous crimes and putting end to violence and crime rates. Despite how people agree that the death penalty is justifiable, however; it still violates the international human rights laws.