Additionally, according to Amnesty International “‘the death penalty legitimizes an irreversible act of violence by the state and will inevitably claim innocent victims.”’(“Capital Punishment”). Also, the decision is too final, it does not allow the chance for the convicted to be proven innocent, and that... ... middle of paper ... ... the death penalty deters crime more effectively than long terms of imprisonment. States that have death penalty laws do not have lower crime rates or murder rates than states without such laws”’ (“Top Ten”). The death penalty has been around for many years, yet there has been no real impact on crime rates. In fact, states with the death penalty have a higher murder rate than those without (“Capital Punishment”).
There are several reasons it should be in effect including: proof that capital punishment does deter crime that would warrant this sentence, retribution for heinous crimes, and the morality of punishing someone who has committed a crime so horrendous. The use of capital punishment greatly deters citizens from committing nefarious crimes, such as murder (“Justice Is Served with the Death Penalty”). In general, one of the things people fear the most is death; therefore they are less likely to perform heinous actions if they know that death is a punishment for it. Ernest van den Haag, professor at Fordham University, stated, “ …capital punishment is likely to deter more than other punishments because people fear death more than anything else. They fear most, death deliberately inflicted by law and scheduled by the courts….Hence, the threat of the death penalty may deter some murderers who otherwise might not have been deterred.
Capital Punishment Capital Punishment is regarded by most as a successful deterrent to murder, but that is because these people don’t look at it as it is applied. According to retributivists such as Kant and Van Den Haag the guilty deserves to be punished. On the other hand, people against the death penalty like Bedau think that the death penalty is just as much an effective deterrent as life in prison. The most famous retributivist Kant, states that the guilty ought to get punished because they chose to act wrongly, and by punishing them, we are respecting them as a moral agents. This occurs because humans are given the ability to reason and act morally and thus if we don’t punish them we are not treating them as moral agents.
In recent discussion of capital punishment, one issue has been whether the death penalty should be abolished or not. On the one hand, some argue that the death penalty is a humane method of punishing brutal killers by granting them a quick and painless death. From this perspective, supporters claim the death penalty is an effective deterrent to violent crimes. On the other hand, opponents argue that the death penalty is an irreversible denial of human rights. In the words of Kenneth Jost, one of this view 's main proponents, “the irrevocable nature of the death penalty renders it an unsustainable and indefensible remedy in an imperfect justice system” (Jost "Death Penalty Debates" 984).
The death penalty is unjust, equally sinful, and improper as the crime that was committed. The U.S. Constitution comprises and protects the rights and freedom of our people yet it finds capital punishment acceptable. What kind of country have we become that intentionally taking anyone’s life is acceptable. The death penalty has become a fatal attraction that should be abolished.
In the 29 states that have a sentence of life without parole, 23 have statutes that bar judges from letting jurors know they have that sentencing option. Since studies consistently show that when given a choice between a death sentence and a sentence of life without parole, most people will choose the latter, failure to inform a jury of this alternative is tantamount to sending more people to the execution chamber. Social science research has discredited the claim that execution deters murder. The majority of murders are committed in the heat of passion, and/or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, when there is little thought given to the possible consequences of the act. "Hit men" and other murderers who plan their crimes beforehand, intend and expect to avoid punishment altogether by not getting caught.
To get a little specific, the states in the United States that do not use the death penalty have a lower murder rate than the states that do. The supporters of the death penalty say that when someone murders another, the balance of justice is disarrang... ... middle of paper ... ...d the crime in some states. This is because some states in the United States do not have the death penalty but have the life sentence. This can also be for different countries. For instance, if someone in one country or state gets sentenced to the death penalty, but then someone who committed about the same crime in another country or state gets a life sentence.
Capital punishment and the practice of the death penalty is an issue that is passionately debated in the United States. Opponents of the death penalty claim that capital punishment is unnecessary since a life sentence accomplishes the same objective. What death penalty opponents neglect to tell you is that convicted murders and child rapists escape from prison every year(List of prison escapes, 2015). As I write this essay, police are searching for two convicted murders who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York on June 6th, 2015. The ONLY punishment from which one cannot escape is the death penalty.
In her writings, Ballaro goes on to speak of how the death penalty is not perfect, and, in fact, has many flaws such as racism which is a big topic for people who would ... ... middle of paper ... ...ave the possibility of being paroled. Statistics show that the majority of these criminals commit additional crimes upon their release. By implementing the death penalty for each convicted killer, an estimated three to eighteen lives would be saved. (Tanner, Robert) One murder could be prevented for every 2.75 years less a person spends on death row. (Emory University) This data alone provides information about how to save innocent lives.
Due to the fact that the death penalty is so powerful, it can easily be argued that is stops more crime rates. According to the "Death Penalty Information Center", the murder rates in death penalty states went from 9.5 in 1990 to a decrease of 4.75 in the year 2014, a significant amount of decrease. While most people believe that the death penalty is disincentive, it is not. When criminals know that they are on death row, they rarely think about the consequences of their actions. As I sat down and interviewed Sheriff Raul Maldonado he states, "[Enter Quote] ".Additionally, by killing felonies, there will be more room and less prison crowding which is a main issues in many prisons.