Jacob Roussel Mrs. Gallos English 3H 19 April 2016 Is the Death Penalty Inhumane? For centuries the death penalty has been used to end a criminal’s life, or to strike fear into criminals hearts. Today, North America is one of the few remaining countries who still enforce the death penalty, and it has people talking. Is it still necessary to enforce the death penalty or are we falling behind in a more peaceful time in the world? Some states in America are starting to ban the death penalty because they believe it is inhumane.
Throughout the years, people have debated over the death penalty regarding if it is an incorrect or correct thing to do, and I do believe it’s a just thing to do. True, the death penalty may be considered wrong sometimes, for instance how it takes an enormous amount of money to use the death penalty on someone because of the precautions the court goes through to make sure that the person that was put on death row is in fact guilty and not in fact innocent. How it costs less for an inmate to be in prison for life with no parole than to be executed. True it may cost more, but why would you want a killer, a rapist or some other form of an insidious offender to live effortlessly with a bed and three course meals, while they had victimized innocent people. Like the example given up above, there are some cons to the death penalty, but the pros are there as well and cannot just be ignored.
According to Hugo A. Bedau, the writer of “The Death Penalty in America”, capital punishment is the lawful infliction of the death penalty. The death penalty has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of offenses. The Bible says that death should be done to anyone who commits murder, kidnaps, or witchcraft. Treason, murder larceny, burglary, rapes, and arson was major felonies in England 1500’s. By 1800, the death penalty was being used quite frequently.
When the life of an individual is unjustly taken by another individual, the horror of the community for such an act cannot be adequately and proportionally manifested except as the community surmounts sentiment and exacts the life of the killer in payment - after a trial, where all possible human excuses and palliations have been alleged, tested, and found insufficient (Calder)." For people who truly value public safety, there is no substitute. Capital punishment not only forever bars the murderer from killing again, it also prevents parole boards and criminal rights activists from giving the criminal the chance to kill again.
If your sister was killed by such a man as Ted Bundy would you like him released , living in prison being interviewed, writing books, a celebrity, or DEAD? We should all vote for politicians that believe in the death penalty, be part of polls that affirm the death penalty and speak out when you are asked. I personally believe the death penalty is the only way to curb the senseless killing that has become so much a part of our culture but it should be quick and certain. The only cruel and unusual punishment is letting these murderers set in prison while the victims family suffer. "Indeed, the decision that capital punishment may be the appropriate sanction in extreme cases is an expression of the community's belief that certain crimes are themselves so grievous an affront to humanity that the only adequate response may be the penalty of death."
There is also a probability that you think that you will give families of victims’ closure. On the hand, it costs more to execute a person than it is to keep people alive in prison. In comparison, it is just another way to get revenge and will just create a cycle of hatred. Additionally, the death penalty is filled with flaws. There are chances that the system might convict an innocent citizen.
Does this mean that we should throw out the death penalty because people, who did not really deserve to die, were killed? No, we have changed the laws, and no one gets the death penalty unless they deserve to die. Capital punishment should stay around. Yes, there are some maldistributions on the way it is opposed on a person, but those maldistributions are imposed on guilty people. Capital punishment is feared by potential murderers because once it is ordered on them they are not coming back.
Instead of we stealing something back from theirs and let them go, we put them in a jail and let them do their parts. “An eye for an eye" should be questioned for it is not applied to every situation equally. Also, whether the punishment fits the crime is not something we [humans] can decide. To support this point, even in this one country in United States, we have differen... ... middle of paper ... ...it makes people no better than those murderers. The practice of death penalty makes society murderer which also makes us murderers.
DEATH PENALTY VS LIFE IMPROSONMENT INTRODUCTION Capital punishment or death penalty is the legal process by which the state punishes an offender for a heinous crime by execution. The law dates back to the 1700s BC but has evolved over time and has faced several criticisms. The rationale lies in phenomenon that certain crimes, for example murder are so heinous that the damages cannot be financially paid and only retribution or taking away the right to live could compensate them. The law also has grounds based on the deterrence perspective and has economic and social efficiency arguments attached. On the flip side, there are arguments based on humanity regarding death penalty being a rather cruel punishment and some based on an economic standpoint as well.
Life is one of the few things that is truly precious in our lives, and the justification of taking one’s away for committing a heinous act seems just impertinent. In society today, there are those who will follow the rules, and those who go against all of our morals and commit crimes such as murder. While the idea of an eye for an eye may seem solid at the surface, when you actually look into the numbers it becomes almost useless. So the proper punishment that those individuals should receive is not what they have already given to others. Capital punishment needs to be abolished in today’s day and age due to the astronomical cost, an inconsistent justice system, and the idea of committing murder on those who have already committed it.