Death Penalty I. Introduction Attention Graber: Everyone knows that in the United States killing is wrong and if you do kill you get punish for it. Holly Near an activist tells us “Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?” Audience relevance: The United States is one Nation and that we believe that if you commit any crime you must be punished. If you commit a crime than you should be punish not murder. The death penalty is not a punishment.
The death penalty in the USA and the question of innocence. The Month, 34(3), 6. doi:218874356 KOMO News Network. (2013, May 15). Monroe inmate sentenced to death for killing prison guard. Retrieved from http://www.komonews.com/news/local/scherf-207554211.html Legal Information Institute.
Others see it as a very important tool in fighting violent pre-meditated murder. The death penalty should be abolished because of its financial costs to tax payers, it’s barbaric, and its ineffectiveness. The average American thinks would think that it’s simpler and cheaper to kill a convicted person rather than pay millions of tax dollars to keep the convict in jail for a life term. However, they are very wrong. One reason why the death penalty should be abolished is because of its expensive costs.
However, putting criminals and serial killers on death row and in jail is precarious. Some serial killers have been released and killed again. According to artist Chuck Asay in his “Death Penalty Debate” cartoon, he portrays that “… even more people have been killed by murders who have been allowed to go on living” (Egendorf 61). For example, Ian McLoughlin, in 1992, “was given a life sentence for stabbing a man to death” (Baron 1). Later, McLoughlin was released to “reprise” this horrific crime (Baron 1).
"Maldistribution inheres no more in capital punishment than in any other punishment." (Haag 274) Fear of the death penalty can be a good deterrent. Many people also try to abolish the death penalty by talking about the suffering a convicted murderer has to go through, but what about what the victim had to go through. Further, if we get rid of the death penalty it will show that we are not willing to impose our punishments on people who brake our laws. Some maldistribution of the death penalty is unavoidable, but that does not mean we should throw out the death penalty.
Not everyone will be deterred from committing heinous crimes because of the death penalty. However, since the death penalty is the highest penalty for crimes it will obviously evoke the most fear in a human being. This fear will save... ... middle of paper ... ...rt the healing process. If a state governed by law is to be able to show warmth, compassion and peace of mind to victims and their families, then the death penalty is the most effective way to bring this about. The argument to the above is that the death penalty does not bring back any victim to life, therefore, unnecessary.
“If murderers are sentenced to death and executed, potential murderers will think twice before killing for fear of losing their own life” (“Prevents”). Although some may think that the death penalty is harsh, “capital punishment is likely to deter more than any other imprisonments because people fear death more than anything else” (“Prevents”). The death penalty is the best form of punishment for those convicted of murder, but it is flawed in many aspects. Part of the problem is that “the laws today are too lenient” (Burgado). This statement couldn’t be more true; there are many murderers that are serving life sentences or are free because the laws aren’t strict enough.
Innocent Victims of Capital Punishment are Possible Try to imagine yourself being convicted of a crime you did not commit, and even worse being told you have die for that crime. This nightmare is actually a reality for some inmates on death row today. The death penalty should be abolished because the potential for even one death of an innocent man violates all principles of justice. "Can the justice system ever be 100 percent right? Not likely.
It is frustrating that in 21st century we still hear about cases of execution and new criminals being sentenced to death. Nowadays, we need to move away from this form of punishment. Death penalty should be abolished in United States because it does not decrease rate of crimes, it is immoral and it is against justice. Those who support death penalty claim that it is an effective way to prevent crime commitment. According Van den Haag (1983) death penalty is the best way to deter murder for the reason that death is what mostly horrifies people.