The Use of Capital Punishment on Convicted Murderers is an Effective Method of Deterrance

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The Use of Capital Punishment on Convicted Murderers is an Effective Method of Deterrance Capital punishment is the legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating criminal law. The capital punishment debate, in the United States, has been ongoing for almost four hundred years. Opponents of capital punishment cite that it’s arbitrariness and the execution of the “innocent” as reasons why they oppose it. Supporters of capital punishment cite its roles of deterrence and retribution as reasons why they support it. Capital punishment should be imposed upon those who purposely take the life of another. A strong voice in opposition to capital punishment comes from an organization called Amnesty International. Amnesty International works to promote and protect human rights. The abolishment of capital punishment worldwide is one of many issues they focus on. On their website against the death penalty, Amnesty International states, “The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman, and degrading punishment. It violates the right to life. It is irrevocable and can be inflicted on the innocent. It has never been shown to deter crime more effectively than other punishment”(Against). This statement is the foundation for their fight against capital punishment. Their feeling is that the governments that allow capital punishment are playing God, and have no authority to do so. A greater concern is the fear of innocent people being executed. They argue that as long as the law is susceptible to errors, innocent people will be sentenced to death and may be executed before they can be exonerated. They are not trying to minimize the effects of the crime upon the victims’ families, but see the death penalty as the legal repeti... ... middle of paper ... ... it could work in the United States. It will only work if it is used for its purpose in the law books, to execute convicted murderers. Bibliography: Works Cited “Against the Death Penalty.” Amnesty International 2000. 20 April 2001 . “Death Penalty.” Issues and Controversies on File 1 May 1998. 5 April 2001. . Feder, Don. “Capital Punishment or Dead Wrong.” Boston Herald. 10 January 2001. B2. Justice For All. “Innocent People Have Not Been Executed.” Problems of Death. Ed. James D. Torr and Laura Egendorf. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2000. 166-171. “National Commission on Capital Punishment.” 2000 Democratic National Convention. 15 August 2000. 23 April 2001 . “USA: Death Penalty-Time For Leadership.” Amnesty International 2000. 22 April 2000 . Zimring, Franklin E. “Capital Punishment.” Encarta 2000. 20 April 2001

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