Many people are split on the idea of capital punishment because it involves death. I feel that capital punishment is morally and ethically acceptable because it rids society of our worst criminals. Many people argue that killing criminals who kill is just as bad as being the criminals. For one the criminals killed innocent people who had no idea what was coming, and had no way to prevent it. The criminal who commited the crime in almost all cases had to commit first degree murder, which includes some planning of the act.
“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.
It is irrevocable because it removes those punished from society permanently, instead of temporarily imprisoning them. The usual alternative to the death penalty is life-long imprisonment. Capital punishment is a method of retributive punishment as old as civilization itself. The death penalty has been imposed throughout history for many crimes, ranging from blasphemy and treason to petty theft and murder. Many ancient societies accepted the idea that certain crimes deserved capital punishment.
What does it mean for something to be wrong? It means that the majority of human beings can argue that those crimes hurt rather than benefit individuals or a society as a whole. The death penalty can be implemented for any of the crimes listed above when a judge believes that the crime is serious enough. However, the death penalty uses one of the crimes itself; murder. If the government uses the death penalty as a punishment in order to show that murder is wrong, how can they murder and assume it is right?
The debate over capital punishment continues to be pursed in both courts and the political arena (Capital Punishment, pg.3). The debate can be sorted out around several questions: ﻢ Is it morally right to deliberately take the life of any person, even a person who has killed another? ﻢ Is the death penalty actually effective in deterring crime? ﻢ How often are innocent persons executed by mistakes? Is the execution of innocent a necessary price to pay for the security of society?
The main dispute for those who favor capital punishment is due to the fact that death is the “ultimate incapacitation” (Siegel, 411). I think that this is the quintessential reason why the United States should continue to allow the death penalty. Without it there are ways of mitigating ones sentence, making it unfair to the victims. Sternberg states that taxpayers “should not bear the costs of keeping [those on death row] alive in prison” (Sternberg, 5). I agree with this statement because once a person is convicted of a harsh enough crime to be condemned to life in prison they should not be dependent on society’s hard earned cash.
Criminals responsible for committing any crime against God would be executed. While our society does not execute individuals supposedly practicing witchcraft or committing other sins, there is still a need for capital punishment. Not only should the death penalty be condoned, but improved upon to give criminals punishments comparable to the brutal crime responsible for their prosecution. The methods of executing criminals have evolved greatly since colonial times. Our government now uses the method of lethal injection, which causes the criminal to lose consciousness before he is injected with a poisonous substance.
Yes and No is the answer here are some reasons. It creates another form of crime. The endless appeals clog our courtroom. Also the Death Penalty helps the Family that have suffered all the Years from the person who committed the crime. Also if a prisoner gets out on parole or escapes it can give them another chance to kill and it will make other families suffer and live there life different because someone escaped who should have already been executed for what the did the first time but there are other reasons defending why the death penalty shouldn’t be legal
Many people oppose the death penalty because they consider it cruel.... ... middle of paper ... ... that Capital Punishment is the best way to go to punish people who murder and commit other drastic crimes. I believe that murders should have the Death Penalty imposed to punish them for taking someone else's life, although everyone has their own opinion and that is fine to have a different opinion. Whether Capital Punishment is ethical is also up to your own beliefs, and I hope this essay has given you an insight into Capital Punishment and helped you determine you own opinion. ---------------------------------------------------------------------  World Book Online Dictionary - http://dictionary.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbDict?lu=ethics  World Book Online Dictionary - http://dictionary.worldbookonline.com/wbol/wbDict?lu=capital%20punishment  Amnesty International Report "The Death Penalty"
In the United States, death penalty has been one of the most controversial arguments in the American society. Death penalty is the execution of an offender sentenced to death after conviction by a court of law of a criminal offense (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Many countries don’t approve of it, but the United States remains as one of nations in the world that still uses death as a penalty for some specific and extreme crimes. Opponents argue that capital punishment is cruel, unjust, and against American values. Death penalty is an occurrence that affects society as a whole.