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The Pros And Cons Of Capital Punishment

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Although criminal justice is supposed to protect the citizens in the surrounding areas, sometimes it can be a dangerous way for miscommunication to occur and things to be done or said wrongfully. The death penalty is an example of this incidence. To those that support the death penalty, capital punishment is in lines with the U.S. Constitution while simultaneously providing equity and justice to all; the death penalty is also more cost efficient than alternative sentencing. Whereas those that oppose the death penalty regard it as a form of unjust, ineffective, and immoral punishment. More than seventy percent of voters support the death penalty and according to followers of capital punishment, capital punishment upholds our society ((Sharp , 1997). Ernest Van den Haag, Professor of Law, believes that the death penalty is a form of punishment that should be implemented to individuals who violate the freedom of other fellow individuals. Van den Haag contends, the Constitution does not enforce the death penalty, yet merely grants the power to elected officials to authorize capital punishment. “Murders are punished, as are all offenders, not just for the suffering they caused their victims, but for the harm they do tosociety by making life insecure and by requiring citizens to take protective measures” (Haag, 1968). “There are some defendants who have earned the ultimate punishment our society has to offer by committing murder with aggravating circumstances present. I believe life is sacred. It cheapens the life of an innocent murder victim to say that society has no right to keep the murderer from ever killing again. In my view, society has not only the right, but the duty to act in self defense to protect the innocent", argues the ... ... middle of paper ... ...ent person on death row. There have been several cases that evidence were proven to exonerate death row inmates. Also with pre trial expenses, expert witnesses, and other expenses involving a death penalty case, it would cost more of a tax payers money to execute prisoners than to imprison them for life. And also to me, I think its far worse to be imprisoned for life than to be executed. I feel that criminals should pay the price by living in a prison cell for the rest of their life. The death penalty is unjust, equally sinful, and improper as the crime that was committed. The U.S. Constitution comprises and protects the rights and freedom of our people yet it finds capital punishment acceptable. What kind of country have we become that intentionally taking anyone’s life is acceptable. The death penalty has become a fatal attraction that should be abolished.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that criminal justice protects citizens, but it can be dangerous for miscommunication and wrongdoing. capital punishment is in line with the u.s. constitution while providing equity and justice to all.
  • Argues that the constitution does not enforce the death penalty, yet merely grants the power to elected officials to authorize capital punishment.
  • Argues that the constitution protects and secures the rights and freedoms of innocent lives and capital punishment must be implemented to continue protecting the citizens of the united states.
  • Opines that seventy percent of our nation supports executions to convicts, but eliminating them for the sake of justice only adds more problems and contradicts our morals.
  • Explains that capital punishment has been shown to cut the cost of inmate care. it becomes more costly to house and care for convicts, especially if they received life in prison without parole.
  • Opines that the death penalty is put in place to scare criminals from doing criminal activity, but it's more for retribution because violent crime rates are higher in death-prison jurisdictions.
  • Opines that criminals should pay the price by living in a prison cell for the rest of their life.
  • Opines that the death penalty is unjust, equally sinful, and improper as the crime that was committed. the u.s. constitution protects the rights and freedom of our people yet it finds capital punishment acceptable.
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