Death Penalty

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The death penalty is a highly controversial issue that has been a way of punishment for many years. Beginning in the colonial era, the idea of the death penalty was adopted from our once oppressor, England. Advocates for the death penalty and abolitionist against the death penalty have debated this issue since the inception of capital punishment. Advocates supporting the foundation for the death penalty say that it is deterrence because it prevents future murders. The death penalty also serves as retribution because in a just society, if someone takes a life, then they should give up their life. Abolitionist against the death penalty feel it is immoral, applied unfairly, and serves to sanction revenge instead of retribution. Many people believe that the death penalty is immoral because it is not right to kill someone. According to Thurgood Marshall, capital punishment violates the Eight Amendment because it is morally unacceptable to people of the United States. In judging whether or not a given penalty is morally acceptable, most courts have said that the punishment is valid unless it shocks the conscience and sense of justice of the people. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, no one deserves to die. In a civilized society, we reject the principle of literally doing to criminals what they do to their victims. For example, the penalty of rape cannot be rape, or for arson, the burning down of the arsonist’s house. We should not, therefore, punish the murderer with death. Capital punishment is a barbaric remnant of uncivilized society. The death penalty is unfair because it does not single out the worst of the worst. Instead of going for big bad offenders, the death penalty is used on an arbitrary group. Such factors ... ... middle of paper ... ...is a killing chain. Society needs to learn how to respect life and comprehend that life is so precious, no matter whose life it is. Any individual that wants the murderer’s life is just as bad. The death penalty should be diminished because there is no justice or morality in it. All murderers should be put behind bars. What determines the level of how bad the murder is? A person killing another human being does not have various levels of “okayness”. That person committed a death and killing some murderers but not the others is not right. No murder is okay, all are they same, and by law it’s a crime. So every time the death penalty is put into action, crime is being committed. In a just society, when an individual takes a life, their life should be taken. Does that mean that the person that court decides to allow to put the murderer down should be put down as well?
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