The Debate over Capital Punishment

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The Debate over Capital Punishment

South Carolina, January 15, 1993. After wounding an Orangeburg, S.C. police officer with a misfired bullet, Thomas Treshawn Ivey, an Alabama prison escapee, proceeded to fired five more shots into the police officer from a handgun at close range after the wounded police office had reached for his gun. Ivey fled the scene but was quickly apprehended. This scenario is not to different from the horrible acts of violence that lead an offender to death row where today some 3,500 people are awaiting the ultimate punishment.

The topic of capital punishment is, and has been a sensitive issue. Debates over the capital punishment are centered on the morality of taking a human life. Questions on whether or not our justice system is capable of sentencing a person to death on accurate evidence. Civil rights groups are even involved claiming that races and financial backgrounds can either save or condemn the accused. While these are the arguments of those who stand opposed to the death penalty, there is also a great deal of people in support of capital punishment. These people see it as an effective means of punishment and deterrent to violent crime. An effective way of cutting the costs involved with housing an inmate for life. Supporters also believe that it is a way to help those associated with the victim of a violent crime to find closure to acts of such violence. Although the two sides of the argument over the death penalty should not be ignored, I believe that there is a more important issue that we can pay more attention. I think that the true argument that comes from the topic of the death penalty is not actually about the death penalty itself but about large problems that face Ame...

... middle of paper ... America is a place built on unity. A place where all ideas can be expressed, but also a place where the best ideas always can be found a way to find a home. Capital punishment is the right idea, and this is why it is in place now, and will continue on as long as people in this country resort to reckless behavior that leads to a life of crime, and eventually death. As citizens of this country, we should not be limited in how we as individuals believe a person should be punished for what they have done. We should not let special interest groups determine for us what they think is appropriate. We should not let them predetermine our system of justice. We are the source of what is great about this country and if a jury of us feels that someone is guilty and that their punishment should be death then let it be. This is a real justice. The people have spoken.
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