The defendant is a woman. In our era of equal rights and civil liberties women have made great strides in their advancement and role in society, yet it seems that gender segregates when it comes to crime. There have been countless cases where women and men have been tried for the same crime, yet when it comes to verdict and sentencing, the results don’t necessarily match. If one commits a crime one should be punished accordingly regardless of gender. In our society we seem to have two separate rules for our criminals, one for men and one for women.
Against the Death Penalty “Murder is wrong” (“Capital Punishment”). We’ve been taught this indisputable truth since childhood. The death penalty is defined as one human taking the life of another. Coincidentally, that is a classification of murder. There are as many as thirty-six states with the death penalty, and it’s essential that they change it.
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.
Since birth we have been raised and lectured this undeniable truth. Therefore capital punishment should automatically be frowned upon. The break down of capitol punishment is the act of one person taking the life of another. Murder? What is murder?
I found countless reasons why the death penalty should be abolished, such as the high cost that taxpayers pay for an execution, the innocence of people that sit on death row, and the lack of relaying evidence in criminal cases. In all, these factors contribute to why the death penalty should be overturned. In the early 1800s, societies sentenced death as a punishment to any person that committed a crime. In today’s society, the act of death as a punishment is still in effect. Capital punishment is the practice in which a convicted person is punished for committing a crime so heinous that he should be punished by death.
Thirty-eight of the fifty US states now provide for the death penalty law. The death penalty is also provided under the US military and civilian law. Hopefully I’ve made the point that the death penalty is useless except for delivering some sort of closure to a victims’ loved ones, through this type of closure is morally wrong, and can be achieved through life imprisonment of the murderer. And because capital punishment is not an effective deterrent, because life imprisonment is a better option, and because the innocent wouldn’t have to die; capital punishment should be abolished.
Americans today tend to believe that the death penalty is inhumane and if the government kills someone they are decreasing the value of life. Though I concede that capital punishment is not a humane way to die, I also believe that being murdered is an inhumane way to die and the only way to value the life lost is by extracting the person who killed them. People who are murdered do not get to choose if they die or not. However, murderers do get to choose if they want to kill or not. Criminals decide whether they want to end someone’s life and face the consequences.
When a man dies, then someone, the killer needs to be killed and if the law fails to do that task, then we conclude that evil is tolerated and society remains perilous with powerless justice. I think this is all because of westernized atmosphere where movies, books, music, entertainment and life is filled with violence and murder, and had become a major influence and part of our lives. For the capital punishment, it has lost its morality. It has become as immoral as any other crimes committed or expressed violence. The reasons why we should not impose death penalty outweighs the reasons to support death penalty.
Deathpenalty.procon.org states, “Expressing one’s violence simply reinforces the desire to express it. Just as expressing anger simply makes us more angry”. In conclusion, our justice system is full of flaws and proves to show why the death penalty should be abolished. The reasons for it to be abolished include: financials cost, long drawn out process, more effective sentencing styles, the conviction and execution of an innocent person and the violation of the “cruel and unusual” punishment clause in the Bill of Rights. While the death penalty may seem like the right thing to do under the philosophy of “Eye for Eye”, it only encourages the ongoing process of criminal behavior.
Is it not ironic that the justice system based on the constitution should therefore seek to end life? One in support of the death penalty could argue that when a person takes a life, then they lose their right to life. That argument would be flawed because the justice system would be doing the same thing it is punishing the criminal for. It is also brutal and as Albert Camus claimed, “An execution is not simply death. For there to be an equivalency, the death penalty would have to punish a criminal who had warned his victim of the date at which he would inflict a horrible death on him and who, from that moment on, had confined him at his mercy for months.