I am highly against capital punishment because it goes against the 8th amendment and in general its wrong. Is an eye for an eye really the right thing to do? according to (http://deathpenalty.procon.org/) it cost nearly two million dollars to exiccute someone after all the court cases and the exicution takes place. But only cost around one million dollars for life in prison. in court cases such as Hank Skinner’s, where he was falsely blamed and convicted for murdering his family even though he didn't.
Capital Punishment is a monstrosity due to the fact that it has unconstitutionally murdered innocent people. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “Since 1973, over 140 people have been released from death row in 26 states because of innocence. Nationally, at least one person is exonerated for every 10 that are executed” (“Case”). The death penalty can be traced back to its ancient roots in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon (“Part”). The Code of King Hammurabi was a list that contained the 282 laws of Babylon; the most notorious law from this code called for an eye-for-an-eye approach to justice.
If a murderer was given a different punishment other than the death penalty, the human live(s) that perished would become less and less important. The death penalty is justified because in the Pledge of Allegiance we state “Liberty and Justice for all”. What better way to show this than to give deserving criminals the right punishment? (Phil 2) The Death Penalty has positive effects on murder victim’s families. Losing a loved one from old age, or sickness is a time of suffering that almost everyone will experience, but losing a loved one because they were brutally murdered is unexpected and much harder to overcome.
The death penalty is very controversial nationwide. However, we believe the death penalty is the only way to deter crime. Unlike the lethal injection, electrocution, firing squad, and gas chamber, hanging is more painful; therefore, using hanging as a death penalty puts more fear into murderers (Death Penalty Information Center). “Although you will never deter all murderers, the effect of deterrence will rise as the probability of executions rise” (Sharp “Death Penalty Paper”). Whenever death penalties are used as a punishment, the percentage of murders committed declines.
An execution cannot be undone. Studies have also shown that the death penalty is a biased method of punishment because disadvantaged people, such as minorities and people of lower social status are more likely to be executed. This is unfair because all people have the same rights and should receive equal and fair punishment for their crimes. An alternative punishment to the death penalty is life without parole; it is just as effective a way to prevent someone committing more crimes as executing them. Supporters of the death penalty also argue that it is cheaper to execute a criminal than it is to keep them in prison for life.
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Since 1900, in this country, there have been on the average more than four cases each year in which an entirely innocent person was convicted of murder (Bedau 7) and because of these startling numbers people are against capital punishment. It is a horrible reality to convict an innocent person of a crime and even worse to put this person on death row. There are even more horrific stories, like the one of Roger Keith Coleman, who was executed in Virginia despite widely pu... ... middle of paper ... ... Death Penalty” American Civil Liberties Union Ed. Michael Wood. July 1992.
The state and federal governments can deem any individual convicted of a horrid crime fit and that individual can be subject to execution. "We see the death penalty as perpetuating a cycle of violence and promoting a sense of vengeance in our culture….we cannot teach that killing is wrong by killing” (U.S. Catholic Conference). Killing is wrong, whether it’s an action portrayed by a single person or a government. How is killing people who kill people going to act as a deterrent for murder? If anything it encourages it, condones it even, giving off the message: murder is okay... ... middle of paper ... ... for their sakes, before he received his lethal injection” (Thorson).