Activist groups have gathered and published information pertaining to the inability of capital punishment to deter crime and of the United States justice system’s tendency to be prejudice in executions. The Moratorium Campaign, an anti-capital punishment group, posts information on their website regarding the flaws of capital punishment. Anti-capital punishment topics such as... ... middle of paper ... ...e. It is with these imperfections that our legal system is constantly being improved upon in order to avoid convicting innocent people. While the validity of anti-capital punishment arguments is evident, the validity of pro-capital punishment arguments is also evident. Criminals who have murdered other human beings have, in their actions, forfeited their rights as Americans as well as their right to live their lives.
Pre-writing- Outline Introduction: Attention Getter: Does somebody really deserve to be sentence with the Death Penalty? Elaboration- information about the issue: This process was been practiced as a sentence to the criminals, back in the years. However, now in the day government still use it as a punishment to some delinquents. People are wondering if US should allow the Death Penalty. Thesis Statement: Supporters to the Death Penalty are falling because of the lack of evidence to prove they are doing the right, in contrast the opponents are finding more and more material to abolish the Death Penalty.
Capital punishment is not functional in today’s twisted society and corrupt legal system. These legal killings are ineffective and there is relevant evidence to prove it. We as Americans need to take a stand and realize what is taking place before it is too late. Works Citied Cook, Derek. The Death Penalty is Unjust.
Capital punishment needs to be taken to another level to prevent the killing of innocent men, control and correctly administer that capital punishment is fair, and how heinous a crime must be to determine the sentence for imprisonment or capital punishment. False eyewitness testimony is the principle cause of wrongful convictions in U.S. courts. There are, of course, several types of eyewitness error, from simple cases of mistaken identification to perjured testimony. (Cohen, 39) This should be taken into consideration from our court system. The witnesses that testify may have seen the alleged killer, but how can they actually be so sure?
For instance, Mocan and Gittings (2003) take time to investigate this theory by including the effects of commutation, prison deaths, and acquittals on the rate of crime. In addition to Adler and Summers’ (2007) findings, they assert that both commutation and acquittal of prisoners lead to additional cases of homicide in the United States. Consequently, capital punishment is regarded as a necessary procedure for saving the lives of innocent citizens. However, many people, including United States former president, George Bush, caution that capital punishment should not be used as a way of seeking revenge. Instea... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Adler, R. D., & Summers, M. (2007).
The punishment of a criminal should be fit to the crime. The counterexample of this is that the death penalty is unethical, and non-effective for many reasons. The biggest issue with the death penalty is the expenses that go along with it. The death penalty is also hypocritical, and un-reversible. If someone who was given the death penalty was later found guilty, there would be no way to bring them back, whereas if they were in jail they could be taken out.
Capital punishment is one of the most controversial forms of sanction in the United States. The death penalty is legal in 32 states, including California and is outlawed in 18. This subject causes contentious debate amongst people because it allows someone to judge whether or not a person is worthy to live, which some believe is something all-together too powerful to decide. However, others believe it is a powerful tool which will reprimand all menacing criminals, and discourage any future criminals from continuing these offenses. Author Mary Kate Cary, writer of “The Conservative Case Against the Death Penalty,” believes that capital punishment is unnecessary and dangerous because innocent people die, it is discriminatory against people from certain ethnic groups, and believes it is cost effective to let a criminal live rather than be sentenced to death, while author of “The Death Penalty Deters Crimes and Saves Lives,” David B. Muhlhausen thinks that the death penalty should be implemented when certain types of crimes are committed because according to him, it deters future crime, it is not discriminatory, and it saves lives.
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”.
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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.