Abolishing Capital Punishment

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Abolishing Capital Punishment
Pierre Allen
Indiana State University

A lot of countries in the world have abolished capital punishment because of reasons concerning humanity, some places are still using the old practice of capital punishment. Is it okay to keep capital punishment, or should it be erased altogether? Many people often get the sentence for committing serious crimes such as crimes like murder and drug trafficking. Leaving you to think should this kind of sentence be taken away. Capital punishment is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime.The death penalty dates back as far as 16th century in Egypt where the criminal, a member of nobility(social class), was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life. During this period non-nobility was usually killed with an ax. The death penalty was always different for what social class you belonged to. In the past you could have possibly gotten to the death penalty for insulting songs, the cutting or grazing of crops planted by a farmer, the burning of a house or a stack of corn near a house, cheating by a patron of his client, perjury, disturbances at night in the city, willful murder of a freeman or a parent, or theft by a slave .Majority of the time death was cruel and included crucifixion, downing at sea, burial alive, beating to death, and impalement . Theories behind why the state punishes criminals are because of vengeance, retribution, deterrence, and incapacitation.The most recent execution methods after 1976 were hanging, electrification, firing squad, lethal injection, and gas chamber. Many people say that a person who commits a crime as big as murder should be getting the same dose of their own medicine, but does that solve the problem to what has already been done already. The person who was already murdered will never return to live regardless of the ruling given to the murderer. When a person is given the death penalty they are getting the easy way out for all that has been done. Most of the time when a life is taken many people are mourning from the death of that individual and want to see suffering of the person who took the life of another. So just by given the murderer a death penalty is just too easy. Instead, the murderer should have to carry the load of having committed such a crime, and have to regret for the rest of their life. That means a life sentence should be the sentence given with the crime of murder. Regardless of the power and authority the law has over us, no one should be given the power to take away another’s person’s life. For the right or wrong reasons, it is just simply wrong to take a life. Taking a life is morally wrong. Capital punishment is showing people that it is okay to take someone’s life because of something wrongful they have done. Capital punishment will never be fair or unjust because of many factors such as lack of effective counsel . Many capital defenders do not have enough resources and training to give excellent or good counseling to their clients. Unfortunately, excellence is a good judge of who will survive and who will face the killing. Another is execution methods. There are major problems with the five methods that are currently being used to kill people because all of them violate the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.Another reason capital punishment is not fair and unjust is because sometimes you are killing the innocent. A lot of people have been released from death row after being found innocent of the crime for they were convicted. For the other people, doubts about their guilt didn’t become revealed until it was too late. So pretty much the life of a person that didn’t even do anything is now taken. Junk science is another unfair and unjust part of capital punishment. This happens too much , when an unreliable testimony is based on faulty ways and beliefs is brought into death penalty cases. This...
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