The Funalty: The Morality Of The Death Penalty

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Capital punishment is reserved for the most horrible crimes. The death penalty is seen as one of the most controversial topics to date, due to the fact of another human 's life being decided. The death penalty is seen as unconstitutional, it lacks moral, and at times is unfairly given. The death penalty however can protect families from murderers those that kill for enjoyment. The death penalty although nonreversible is much needed; the death penalty allows criminals to receive the punishment they deserve. The morality of the death penalty is a much debated topic. The people that are against the death penalty explain that a better alternative like life without parole is a better choice. “In Oregon, we have the option of sentencing convicted…show more content…
There are over 121 people in Oregon who have received this sentence” (OADP, 1). Death can be seen as too easy a punishment for those that receive the death penalty, a lifetime in prison gives that person a life time to think about the crime they have committed. Mentally ill people are also put on death row. “One out of every 10 ten who has been executed in the United States since 1977 is mentally ill, according to Amnesty International and the National Association of Mental Illness” (1). This shows that the people that are mentally unable to defend themselves properly are sentenced to death. Due to a mentally ill person 's inability to communicate and seem remorseful of their crimes they are seen as inhumane and lacking a conscious. Although the United States have declared the execution of mentally ill patients illegal many states have not declared that law. “Almost…show more content…
People against the death penalty state that the killing of another person is seen as cruel and unusual punishment. Patrick Kennedy was convicted and sentenced to death in 2004 for the rape of his 8-year-old stepdaughter. That judgment was affirmed by the Louisiana Supreme Court in on May 22, 2007. Kennedy challenged his sentence as a violation of the Eighth Amendment based on the rarity of a death sentence for this crime. The U.S. Supreme Court saw the decision unconstitutional where the Louisiana statute that allowed the death penalty for the rape of a child where the victim did not die.”The Eighth Amendment bars Louisiana from imposing the death penalty for the rape of a child where the crime did not result, and was not intended to result, in the victim’s death” ( Kennedy, 1). Another example where the Supreme Court found the death penalty unconstitutional is the Roper vs. Simmons case in 2005. Roper vs. Simmons was a landmark decision in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that it is unconstitutional to impose capital punishment for crimes committed while under the age of 18. This case, in Missouri, involved Christopher Simmons, who, in 1993 at the age of 17, concocted a plan to murder Shirley Crook, bringing two younger friends, Charles Benjamin and John Tessmer, into the plot. The plan was to commit burglary and murder by breaking and entering, tying up a victim, and

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