The punishment of a criminal should be fit to the crime. The counterexample of this is that the death penalty is unethical, and non-effective for many reasons. The biggest issue with the death penalty is the expenses that go along with it. The death penalty is also hypocritical, and un-reversible. If someone who was given the death penalty was later found guilty, there would be no way to bring them back, whereas if they were in jail they could be taken out.
Does this mean that we should throw out the death penalty because people, who did not really deserve to die, were killed? No, we have changed the laws, and no one gets the death penalty unless they deserve to die. Capital punishment should stay around. Yes, there are some maldistributions on the way it is opposed on a person, but those maldistributions are imposed on guilty people. Capital punishment is feared by potential murderers because once it is ordered on them they are not coming back.
A society that respects life should not also be the one who is taking it. You can not kill a murderer to prove that killing is wrong; that is hypocrisy at its best. One can not believe two things at once; a person either believes killing is wrong or they don’t; there is no in between. It is horrible to be the one to decide whether a person lives or dies, so why do it? Not only is the Death Penalty wrong, but in the situation of... ... middle of paper ... ...amily member as well.
3 Capital punishment is a legal procedure in many states, however not all parties are in agreement to this procedure. Even though there are mixed reactions on capital punishment in the society, in my view, I am against capital punishment, because as I strongly believe that, death penalty is unacceptable and an inhumane act that denies one the right to live and does not deter crimes as suggested by those supporting it. For instance according to Carmical, capital punishment is morally justified and it can be used as a punishment for atrocious crimes (68). Capital punishment is an inhumane and immoral act that should be completely abolished in the society. First, this punishment violates a person’s right to life because the criminal is denied
One argument from death penalty supporters is that the death penalty acts as a deterrent to prevent other people from committing murders. It is the belief that people will think out the consequences of their actions before murdering, and consider the death penalty not a reasonable consequence and thus not commit the crime. This, however, is intrinsically flawed. Most murderers or potential murderers do not usually take into account life in prison or the death penalty. There are many reasons for people to not consider the death penalty before committing the crime.
Some states in America are starting to ban the death penalty because they believe it is inhumane. Are Americans ignorant to reality that this country needs the death penalty, or are Americans seeing into the future of a more civilized world? The biggest arguments against the death penalty is that it is cruel; it costs more to kill someone than to have them life in prison, and that there is a chance there is an innocent person being killed. There are more people that are against the death penalty now, then there and are for it. People believe that it is cruel because they think it is inhumane to take away someone 's life no matter what law they have broken.”No one has ever come to say that this did not hurt” (5 Arguments).
Nevertheless, capital punishment has been a part of human history and will always continue to be a controversy and a debate. (Bedau) The purpose for my writing is to figure out what causes and effects come from the use of capital punishment. Advocators believe that the death penalty deters murder and it’s a good tool for prosecutors. Also, it makes sure that the convicted felons don’t murder again thus being a just penalty for child murders, serial killers or torture murders. On the other hand, opponents argue that we don’t have the power to take another human being’s life; so it encourages a culture of violence that violates our human rights.
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.
Many people who have been killed by capital punishment have later been found innocent, but the penalty is irreversible and goes against peoples’ rights and beliefs. The death penalty should not be used as a deterrent to lower murder rates because it does not serve its purpose in deterring crime and murder rates, it costs an unaffordable amount of money, the deaths are sometimes long and painful, innocent people are murdered, and it is outright immoral.
The death penalty also serves as retribution because in a just society, if someone takes a life, then they should give up their life. Abolitionist against the death penalty feel it is immoral, applied unfairly, and serves to sanction revenge instead of retribution. Many people believe that the death penalty is immoral because it is not right to kill someone. According to Thurgood Marshall, capital punishment violates the Eight Amendment because it is morally unacceptable to people of the United States. In judging whether or not a given penalty is morally acceptable, most courts have said that the punishment is valid unless it shocks the conscience and sense of justice of the people.