The Ethics of Capital Punishment

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The Ethics of Capital Punishment

Ethics is "the study of standards of right and wrong; that part of

philosophy dealing with moral conduct, duty and judgement.'[1] Capital

Punishment is 'the death penalty for a crime.'[2] The word "capital"

in "capital punishment" refers to a person's head as in the past;

people were often executed by severing their head from their body.

Since the early 1800's, most executions have resulted from convictions

for murder. The death penalty has also been imposed for such crimes as

armed robbery, kidnapping, rape and treason. Some people believe that

capital punishment is necessary for punishing people that have

committed any type of crime, much of the time because these people

want justice; others think that capital punishment is only necessary

in extreme cases, such as murder, while others believe that it is

wrong and shouldn't be aloud to take place.

Amnesty International's thoughts on the death penalty is that it is

'cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment and a violation of the right

to life'[3]. In extreme cases, I believe that people should be

punished. People who commit crimes such as murder (mass or only an

individual killing), rape and kidnapping should all be punished for

what they have done. For example, the current issue with the

Balibombings "mastermind". Amrozi Bin Nurhasyim is up for trial and if

proven guilty, the death penalty will be imposed. Although he himself

believes that he is a hero, I believe that as he killed so many and

injured many more, the death punishment is the only fitting and

adequate punishment.

Many people oppose the death penalty because they consider it cruel....

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... that Capital Punishment is the best way to go to punish people who

murder and commit other drastic crimes. I believe that murders should

have the Death Penalty imposed to punish them for taking someone

else's life, although everyone has their own opinion and that is fine

to have a different opinion. Whether Capital Punishment is ethical is

also up to your own beliefs, and I hope this essay has given you an

insight into Capital Punishment and helped you determine you own



[1] World Book Online Dictionary -

[2] World Book Online Dictionary -

[3] Amnesty International Report "The Death Penalty"
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