Despite the fact that over 135 countries across the globe have outlawed the death penalty and that there is little evidence to support its use, the United States remains as one of the few major industrialized nations that still execute prisoners. In every society, many cases occur where a criminal must be punished, so that they can be taught a lesson and be stopped from committing future crimes. There are many different ways of punishing criminals: one is the death penalty. The issue of the death penalty has been debated throughout history and even more so recently. Some people support the death penalty, since they say it is only fair for one to forfeit their life if they take the life of another. Many feel the death penalty is unfair, and
The belief that the death penalty deters criminals from committing future crimes is not completely inaccurate; punishments that are swift and sure are the most effective methods of deterrence because people fear death the most. One cannot deny the death penalty deters future crimes being committed by that one criminal that was sentenced the death penalty by a form
The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is exactly how it sounds. The convicted is sentence to death because of the heinous crimes they have committed by the legal process. “Most death penalty cases involve the execution of murderers although capital punishment can also be applied for treason, espionage, and other crimes” (ProCon, 2014, para1). The eighth amendment protects people from excessive bail, excessive fines imposed, or cruel and unusual punishments. The courts would have to find the death sentence to be proportional to the crime they had committed. The issue with implementing capital punishment, other than the possibility of innocence, is racial and gender disparities within the sentencing.
The federal government has an obligation to make just laws. Currently, US laws allow for the death penalty for certain heinous crimes. The supporters argue that the 5th Amendment, which guarantees that no one shall be deprived of "life, liberty, or property, without due process of law,” implies that depriving someone of his or her life is permissible under the constitution as long as there is due process. However, there are several reasons why the federal government must abolish the death penalty - it weakens US moral authority over other nations; there have been too many wrongful convictions for death penalty in the US; the death penalty is in conflict with the 8th amendment of the US constitution; and finally, the cost of death penalty prosecution compared to sentencing someone to life in prison is very high.
The Death Penalty, otherwise known as capital punishment, is the sentence of death, placed upon those who are convicted of a crime that is deemed punishable by death. The state of a country, which is a political group that runs under the rule of the Government, determines the crimes that are applicable for the result of a death sentence, but there is a lengthy process before the execution, and the death penalty is not the most common sentence. The death penalty is not reversible, so a country will often make sure the court cases take a long time to ensure they know the truth. However the death penalty has been abolished in 140 countries in law or practice, and 101 countries have completely abolished it for all crimes. ( Amnesty International.
------There have been many studies that have come to the conclusion that the death penalty deters crime and actually saves lives. In the article, “The Death Penalty Deters Crime and Saves Lives” by David B. Muhlhausen, the author explains why the death penalty deters crime by explaining the deterrence theory which states that criminals think like regular citizens in that they will not act against their own
On one hand, many people argue that death should be implemented in the whole United States. But many believe that death row shouldn’t be implemented here in the United States and I have an example why. For some people justice is more important and sometimes they want a eye for an eye situation on many big cases and if the convict found guilty, the state had to kill the convict which makes the state the killer. Death penalty condemns the innocent to die and studies have attempted to prove the death penalty deters murder (Nodeathpenalty.org). Many convicts don’t even received what they should receive, such as fair trials and chances to change and rejoin the the society. In some states convicts of some serious crime case were put in the jail
Nobody wants to let someone off after they do something wrong. People do a lot of things that get them in trouble. The Death penalty is one of the most disputed topics today. Criminals think that they will just die in jail so; it could be a good form of revenge-suicide. If the death penalty were removed people would have to learn their lesson, they would contemplate, and try to be forgiven in their life in prison. The people would live the rest of their lives sorry for what they had done, and not just believe it is over and there is no use. There should not be a death penalty because people would then learn their wrong, people would have time to be forgiven, and if by chance the court is wrong, they could be released at a later date.
The use of capital punishment does not stop people from committing crimes. Because of this it means that the justice systems are executing people hoping it will stop others from committing the same crime/similar crimes, when in reality it does not. Therefore people are dying unnecessarily and inhumanely. Everybody has the right to live. People who are for the death penalty believe that the executions of criminals deters crime rates and prevents other people committing crimes. This is untrue and it is strongly proven by evidence. The United States census found that states with a higher murder rate were, in fact, states that still used capital punishment as a form of justice. On average in 1999 there were 3.7 murders per 100,000 people in the population of states that did not practice capital punishment. While there was a murder rate of 4.75 per 100,000 people in states that use the death penalty as a form of justice and punishment. This clearly shows that the death penalty does not deter crime rates at all as the rate of murders is higher in states which carry out the death penalty compared to those who don't. This means that people are dying unnecessarily because the death penalty does not stop people from committing offenses'. A study by Brennan Centre for Justice found that "Much psychological and sociological research suggests that many criminal acts are crimes of passion or committed in a heated moment
As many people would say or think that the death penalty is a way of discouraging those who commit murder and other brutality happening , I would argue and say that they are wrong for multiple reasonings. The death penalty has not been proven as a better form of way of bringing the rates of crime and murder down. It has only shown more increase in states where the death penalty is used. The death penalty is a cruel act that goes against human rights, the declaration of independence, religions, taking lives of innocents that may have been imprisoned etc.