English Writing 101
28 September 2010
Capital Punishment: Cheap, Effective, Unethical?
According to most dictionaries, the only difference between first degree murder and the death penalty is a judicial process. Both first degree and capital punishment are the planned killing of another person. Somewhere between the two is a thin line that many may not notice or are simply too blind to see. Capital punishment is sentencing an individual to death for a serious crime which they have committed, such as murder. Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty or death sentence, can be ruled by congress or any state legislature due to a ruling by the Supreme Court which states the death penalty is not in violation of the eighth amendment. The Sixth Amendment does not require a jury in capital crime cases. Only twelve states create a higher standard than federal law by not allowing capital punishment within their boundaries (Capital Punishment).
Capital punishment should be legalized in all states because it is morally acceptable to rule society in an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” type law enforcement. Within an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” judicial process, one who commits a crime shall have suffer the effects of the said crime. For instance, one who steals food from a supermarket shall have the equal amount of food taken from his or her household. Even worse, one who commits murder shall, they themselves, be murdered as well. In addition, capital punishment, from a certain view, can deter crime. Positive and negative reinforcement have been proven effective teaching methods by many psychologists over the past century. Negative reinforcement can be as simple as depriving someone of a favorable object, such as food, or in this extreme case, depriving them of life. Making an example out of someone by reprimand is an effective means of proactive crime punishment because that person will most likely think of the...