Pros And Cons Of The Death Penalty

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The death penalty is the sentence of execution for murder and some other capital crimes. The death penalty, or capital punishment, may be prescribed by Congress or any state legislature for murder and other capital crimes. The Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not a per se violation of the Eighth Amendment 's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. Death Penalty History The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon. The death penalty was also part of the Fourteenth Century B.C. 's Hittite Code; in the Seventh Century B.C. 's Draconian Code of Athens, which made death the only punishment for all crimes; and in the Fifth Century B.C. 's Roman law…show more content…
They argue that avenging a victim, helps console grieving families, and prevent perpetrators of horrible crimes from having an opportunity to cause future tragedy. Opponents of death penalty say it has no deterrent effect on crime. Instead wrongly gives the government the power to take someone 's life, and maintain social injustices by targeting people of color and people who cannot afford good attorneys. They say life jail sentences are more severe and less expensive punishment than death. Death Row Time Death row inmates in the U.S. typically spend over a decade waiting for an execution. During this time prisoners are isolated from other prisoners, excluded from prison programs, restricted from of visitation and exercising. They spend 24 hours a day alone in their cells. Unlike general-population prisoners, even in solitary confinement, inmates live of constant uncertainty as they are awaiting an execution date. For some death row inmates, the isolation and anxiety can cause mental weakness. Limitations to the Death…show more content…
I understand that the death penalty is a profitable for society, because a lot of money is spent on prisons. People pay taxes not only on education and healthcare but also on prisoners. I rather spend more money on useful things that maintain a healthy lifestyle. On the other hand, a strict punishment is more reasonable. It makes the criminal think about his action till the end of his life in prison, as the lack of freedom is the worst thing that can happen to a human being. Overall, my decision to support the death penalty still stands. The death penalty has acted as a deterrent to crime for many years. Brutal crimes need to be handled with a strong hand so that other people do not feel that they can get away with it. If someone is capable of murder what can stop them from doing it again. Sending them to prison with that mentality can make other inmates and guards at risk. This will cause more people to lose their lives. Why show hesitation over someone who did not show consideration over other individuals. I support the death penalty not because of revenge but to save the lives of

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