University of Phoenix
This paper will define arguments and provide reasons for capital punishment and how different states feel about it. This paper will describe the states that use capital punishment and the states that do not use it. Also this paper will describe the different ways people can die by the capital punishment method. There are different crimes that contribute to capital punishment and we will find that out in this paper as well. Capital punishment now of days is either moral or unmoral.
Many people have been executed since the founding of America. Capital punishment also known as the death penalty is a huge issue that faces the criminal justice system today. Some people think that capital punishment is a good idea for those who commit capital or very serious crimes; on the other hand, some people believe that capital punishment is just morally wrong. According to Schmalleger, Capital punishment is the most extreme of all sentencing options. In reality, capital punishment is moral for several reasons. There are a lot of methods to the death penalty. The methods that are used in the United States now are electrocution, the gas chamber, lethal injection, and the firing squad. The main ways for capital punishment are through lethal injection and lethal gas. The death penalty is known in many states. There are currently 33 states that are in favor of the death penalty and 17 that are not in favor. The picture below shows which states are in favor and the ones that are not. STATES WITH THE DEATH PENALTY (33)| * |
- U.S. Gov't
- U.S. Military| |
STATES WITHOUT THE DEATH PENALTY (17) (YEAR ABOLISHED IN PARENTHESES)| | Alaska (1957)
Michigan (1846)| Minnesota (1911)
New Jersey (2007)
New Mexico* (2009)
New York (2007)#
North Dakota (1973)
Rhode Island (1984)***
Vermont (1964)| West Virginia (1965)
Dist. of Columbia (1981) | |
("Death penalty information," 2011)
There are several states that have the death penalty. Most people know that death penalty is usually caused by murder or the conspiracy to commit murder. There are other crimes besides murder that will get a person the death penalty. Each state actually has its own rules on what crimes will consist of the death penalty. Some of those states used the death penalty consisting with “aggravated murder; criminal homicide; first-degree murder; murder committed in the course of rape, kidnapping, or drug crimes; killing of a police officer, judge or prosecutor; murder for hire; murder by an inmate while serving a sentence of life without parole; aggravated sexual intercourse without consent; aircraft piracy; perjury resulting in death; felony murder; capital drug trafficking; capital sexual battery; sabotage; train wrecking causing death; treason; and fatal assault by a prisoner serving a life sentence”. (Sacramento Bee, 2012) There is a major controversy on whether capital punishment is morally wrong or isn’t it. In my opinion I agree with capital punishment as being moral. The death penalty actually is an easier and less painful way to die than the way the murders chose to kill their victims. Many people want to bring the Bible into the argument of the death penalty. People quote the Bible about “thou shall not kill” and things like that. According to the Bible, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made man in his own image”. If...