Just because someone has killed does not mean it is okay to take their life; that just means more murder and more murderers. We might as well call ourselves the murderers. No matter the reason or how bad the crime, taking a life should never be the conclusion, nor a decision even worth considering. Capital Punishment is a cruel and unnecessary punishment; it should be illegal in the United States for multiple reasons. Capital Punishment is awful and inhumane.
Some maldistribution of the death penalty is unavoidable, but that does not mean we should throw out the death penalty. When the death penalty is imposed on an innocent person that is a serious miscarriage of justice. However, when people talk about the maldistribution of the death penalty they are not referring to when it is imposed on an innocent person rather when the death penalty is imposed on guilty minorities, or low income whites, who can not afford a good lawyer. Even if maldistribution occurs among people who should receive the death penalty that is irrelevant to the morality of the death penalty. It is really too bad that if you have money you can get your way out of the death penalty, but money talks in this country.
It is immoral on so many levels. Also it has never been proven to deter crime. Therefore capital punishment, the death penalty, should be abolished in all states. Innocent or wrongfully convicted people will be able to benefit from this, and stand another chance without the death penalty. Also there is a great chance there will be a decrease in murder rates.
Finally, the death penalty also denies the sanctity of life; by executing people, the action does not protect their life and, therefore, denies the sanctity of a human being’s right to be alive in the world. There is a lot of tension between whether or not capital punishment is a moral thing. Capital punishment is only a good punishment to a certain extent because it takes away a criminal capable of more awful things. Many people think that capital punishment should continue to be a form of punishment and should be used throughout the country and world. If people on death row could be charged without a doubt and be executed at the time they are proven guilty, many problems could be resolved such as exoneration.
I agree, and do not think it is fair for someone who murdered and raped innocent people should be able to have these luxuries. The death penalty isn't necessarily the answer though. Inmates shouldn’t have the privileges of watching television, and should have more of a punishment. The opposing group presented their ideas and examples that supported why the death penalty is wrong, and non-effective. One thing they mentioned was that we do not have the resources, nor the money to make 100% sure that someone is guilty of the crime they are accused of.
The death penalty however, obviously does not rehabilitate a victim nor does it do a better job at protecting other potential victims than life imprisonment. Since a punishment must inflict harm on an individual, deterrence is the only argument that utilitarians can use to defend the death penalty. The question then ari... ... middle of paper ... ...able to murder someone because twelve rational people in a courtroom decided that it should be so? By the same token, a murderer can claim that their victim had violated their rights and did not deserve to live. Obviously that cannot be rationalized in any manner.
The death penalty, also known as capital punishment is a legal procedure in which a state executes a person for crimes he/she has committed. This punishment has been implemented by many states, and is normally used for atrocious crimes, especially murder. It is also used on crimes against the state such as treason, crimes against humanity, espionage, and violent crimes while other states use it as part of military justice. There are mixed reactions on capital punishment depending on one’s faith, and the state they come from. In my view, I am not in favor of death penalty, as I strongly believe that, death penalty is unacceptable and an inhumane practice for it denies one the right to live.
Opposing the Death Penalty The death penalty is purported to be the ultimate punishment in extreme cases to bring one’s actions to justice. When one asks the question, “Is something just?”, they are actually asking if something is moral, and or the right thing to do. Justice is supposed to represent equity, righteousness, evenhandedness, and or fair-mindedness; none of which applies to the legal system of capital punishment. The death penalty is immoral because innocent people have been and will be executed, the death penalty is racially biased and financially unjust, and it is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. For these reasons, the death penalty is immoral and should be abolished.
The death penalty is immoral and should be abolished due to its high costs, its ability to give the criminals an “easy way out,” it leaves too much room for error, and most importantly, it goes against God’s way of a natural death. As it is stated best in the Bible, “There is only one lawgiver and judge, He who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?” (King James Bible, James 4:12). A common misconception with the death penalty is that people think it costs less than to keep the convicted in prison for life. This is not true.
Marquis states, “When I am killed, I am deprived both of what I now value which would have been part of my future personal life, but also what I would come to value” (322). The value of an individual’s future is a subjective term.... ... middle of paper ... ...nal Research Council) or the possibility of a criminal committing a future crime. Thus, we do not have a successful method to determine if harm will be caused to society and, in accordance with Mill’s Harm Principle, we cannot administer the death penalty because there is no harm done to society. Consequently, these objections do not hold up under scrutiny, and my conclusion is reinforced. Thus, capital punishment is not justifiable under any circumstance because it is killing, and killing is wrong because it deprives an individual of a valuable future.