The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

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The death penalty, also known as capital punishment is a legal procedure in which a state executes a person for crimes he/she has committed. This punishment has been implemented by many states, and is normally used for atrocious crimes, especially murder. It is also used on crimes against the state such as treason, crimes against humanity, espionage, and violent crimes while other states use it as part of military justice. There are mixed reactions on capital punishment depending on one’s faith, and the state they come from. In my view, I am not in favor of death penalty, as I strongly believe that, death penalty is unacceptable and an inhumane practice for it denies one the right to live. Death penalty does not deter crime, it is an act of retribution, its costly than life in prison, and, worst of all, risks executions of innocent people. Death penalty is an unacceptable, immoral, and inhumane act that should not be supported. Capital punishment violates an individual’s right to life by denying him/her the right to live. In addition, it disrespects and lowers the value of human life. Death penalty is a cruel punishment and people suffer both physically and emotionally before their execution (Shah 3). Opponents argue that, anyone who kills deserves to die too so as to have a test of their own cruelty. According to them, "an eye for an eye" honors the victims, and makes sure that the perpetrators will never commit the same crime again (Garland 102). There is no justification whatsoever as to why a crime should be paid with another crime. Also, this will be like an act of revenge, and vengeance has no place in the justice system, and a wrong cannot be paid by another wrong. It should be known that, killing a criminal does not rev... ... middle of paper ... ...alysis of the Death Penalty Jurisprudence of the October 2007 Supreme Court Term,"Touro Law Review, 25. 2 (2009): 7. Print. Garland, David. Peculiar Institution: Americas Death Penalty in an age of Abolition. New York: Belknap Press, 2010. Print. Hartnett, Stephen John. Executing Democracy, Volume 2: Capital Punishment and the Making of America, 1635-1843. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2012. Print. Hilary, Dotson and Scott, Carter, J. Changing Views toward the Death Penalty? The Intersecting Impact of Race and Gender on Attitudes, 1974-2006, Justice System Journal, 33.1, (2012):1. Print. Parks, Peggy J. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime? San Diego, CA: Reference point Press Inc, 2009. Print. Haines, Herbert H. Against Capital Punishment: The Anti-Death Penalty Movement in America, 1972-1994. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996. Print.
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