The Death Penalty Should Not Be Legal

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The death penalty has frequently been a topic of controversy. Interchangeably known as capital punishment, death penalty legalizes the authorization of executing an individual. Controversy that arises from the death penalty involve the notion of ethics and epistemology. Many people questions whether it is morally right to take another person’s life, tying into the 8th Amendment, which prohibits people from suffering from a certain type of punishment. Another factor is to what extent of a crime committed determines whether a person deserves execution or not. The justice system has the legal and moral dilemma of properly determining which felonies are reprehensible enough to face death or if they are more suitable with merely a life sentence. While the number of executions has greatly decreased over the years, death penalty continues to be heated topic due to many people questioning whether it is actually effective in discouraging crime or does it essentially just promote more violence. This topic remains relevant today because everyone around the country, and throughout the centuries, has always had differing opinion on the death penalty. Advocates for death penalty declare that by killing, raping, or torturing another person, the accused disregarded an individual’s inalienable rights that are guaranteed by the United States Constitution, and thus did an injustice to society and should be properly, if not equally, punished. Thus, if the defendant killed a person, he must be killed in returned. By executing the felon, proponents believe that it would prevent him from committing more crimes, saving countless and innocent lives from harm. However, on the other end of the spectrum are those who oppose it. They believe that, although th... ... middle of paper ... ...ake valid points, but it is up to the country, state, or jury to decide which actions is most appropriate for the person who committed the crime. Another flaw ties to how subjective cases are. Supreme Court has stated and upheld that it shall not permit the death penalty to individuals with mental or intellectual disabilities. However, the problems lie in what factors makes a person to be considered disabled. Many states cannot just rely on a simple IQ test, as they can be misleading. The judge determines the extent to which a person is considered mentally or unstably ill, so depending on what the judge believes determines the course of action for the felon. While the debate of whether capital punishment should exist or not will never cease, it is important to learn about booths in order for civilians to make a valid and well-informed stance on said topic.

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