It is irrevocable because it removes those punished from society permanently, instead of temporarily imprisoning them. The usual alternative to the death penalty is life-long imprisonment. Capital punishment is a method of retributive punishment as old as civilization itself. The death penalty has been imposed throughout history for many crimes, ranging from blasphemy and treason to petty theft and murder. Many ancient societies accepted the idea that certain crimes deserved capital punishment.
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According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, “Capital Punishment is the execution of a person by judicial process as a punishment for an offense.” Over the centuries capital punishment has been one of the most controversial debates in our society. The decapitation of criminals and domestic opponents has been used by many of our societies. The purpose of decapitating is to decrease crime rates and have a safe society, but many of Americans today argue that capital punishment is and is not a deterrent. (Wikipedia). Practices of the death penalty have been held in some countries mainly for murder, treason, sexual crimes and many other criminal and non criminal offenses.
Then the current social arguments and problems with the death penalty. Finally, we will look at some of the many ethical issues about capital punishment still add to the controversy. (Reggio, History of the Death Penalty) Form the beginning of history, the death penalty has been used around the world as much way to punish people for their crimes. Most countries use that capital punishment are use it for the worst types of crimes for example, murder , treason and spying, many militaries will apply the death penalty and the soldiers or normal people who are doing wrong against their country. In ancient Rome and Greece it was use large range of crimes, and has continued but less the, most places.
Van Den Haag, Earnest, and John Conrad. The Death Penalty: A Debate. New York: Plenum Press, 1997. Winters. Paul (ed.).
Execution of criminals and murders has been used very long ago by almost all the societies. Some of the main reasons that leaded to death penalty have been betrayal, murder, espial, but also some other disturbing crimes as incest, rape, etc. The notion ‘death penalty’ by itself, brings to our minds the bitter taste of the primitive society, where the only people who suffered from this punishment were the innocent ones. That is a wrong notion. Maybe it is the same sorrowful scene, but the criminal justice system these days provides the accuracy of modern forensics and DNA testing, which makes it very unlikely for an innocent person to be punished with death penalty (“Pro death penalty”, 2011).
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. Body Paragraph 1 (opponent viewpoint) Topic Sentence: The death penalty is a way to make justice for all the victims who can’t do it anymore.
The death penalty has been an issue in many trials and has been changed quite often. Primarily the supreme court suspended the death penalty in the United Stated from 1972 to 1976, according to a trial having to do with rape. Additionally there were different cruelty methods used on the victims of the death penalty; these methods were considered inhumane and people surprisingly agreed with them. Most importantly there are legal processes that are taken before an execution, that involves many critical steps until they actually carry out the death penalty. The death penalty is still an active source of capital punishment, once someone has committed a serious felony they might be subjected to the death penalty.
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”.
Since the 1900’s at least 416 people have been wrongfully executed causing great concern for the accuracy of the death penalty (“Death” 4). According to an examination of the “Death Penalty and Legislature,” Henry Schwarzchild calculated that if the courts were to “carry out the death penalty for every murder, then we would be executing 400 persons per week (Bedau 366). At the same time this small number of mistakes is nothing compared to the problems society would face without the death penalty. The concern of the death penalty not only pertains to social problems, but also to biblical aspects as well. Walter Berns states many passages from the Bible that support the death penalty, but after careful research he determines that the passages can be interpreted in many different ways.