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The Death Penalty Serves Justice and is Applied Fairly

Jennifer Lovell

PHI 103 Informal Logic
Instructor Jerry Voltura
April 6, 2012

Introduction
A. Thesis
1. The death penalty is just and applied fairly
Argument #1
A. Deserving
1. Eye for an eye
B. Decrease in crimes
1. Sentenced often
2. Applied quickly
Argument #2
A. Over population
B. Free, Easy Ride
Counter Thesis
Counter Argument
A. Immoral and Barbaric
B. Wrongfully Accused
Response to counter argument
A. Defense
1. Moral
2. Technology
Conclusion

The Death Penalty

Serves Justice and is Applied Fairly

The death penalty, or capitol punishment, is a punishment of death given to certain criminals for a certain crime they committed. It is issued by the state in which the crime took place. A question that is often asked is whether or not the death penalty serves justice and is applied fairly. The death penalty is just, and not only is it applied fairly, it should be applied more often as well as swiftly. Every justice system in every state should use the death penalty on certain criminals for several reasons. Criminals sentenced to the death penalty because of certain heinous crimes they have committed are deserving of capitol punishment. This is referred to as “ an eye for an eye.” Prisons are over populated with criminals serving life sentences. Yes, this is a death sentence, but at the cost of the people. Those sentenced for long periods of time are getting a free ride in the state’s system for the remainder of their lives. These prisoners are no longer responsible for financial obligations, such as bills, debts, or taxes. At the same time, they are provided with room, board, food, and medicine. The crime rate would decrease tremendously if every person knew that the punishment would fit the crime. All criminals sentenced to the death penalty would be punished quickly instead of them sitting, waiting, on death row. Every one of these arguments can provide evidence that the death penalty serves justice and is applied fairly to the prisoners who receive that type of sentence.

The death penalty is applied fairly to criminals whom receive death as a punishment. Some crimes are so horrible that the criminal deserves the death penalty. According to Trevor Sather (1999), “many Americans believe in an eye for an eye.” If a person can take the life of another human being, then they are forfeiting their own life. A person who has committed

capitol murder or multiple murders or unthinkable torture does not need to continue living. They took away the lives of innocent victims. Christ regarded capital punishment as a just penalty for murder. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52). “Our human rights are given to us as part of a contract - which says that we can do anything we want as long as it does not hurt anyone else. So if we take away the life of another person, then surely we forfeit the right to our own life” (Sather, 1999). That statement clearly means that a person who has killed someone deserves to die themselves, but in a justified manner. Capitol punishment is applied fairly to murderers. People who are sentenced to the death penalty because of that type of crime deserve capitol punishment.

Crimes and criminal acts would certainly decline in every state if each justice system were to apply the death penalty more often. Many criminals are sitting in prison for the remainder of their lives. If the system would enforce capitol punishment regularly to more criminals, then people would think twice before committing certain crimes. They would know that their lives are at stake. Potential criminals would think logically before going off, and committing murder. They would know that every justice...
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