Pros and Cons
Francisco X. Lendor
Introduction to Criminal Justice
(1102 CCJS100 4021)
Tuesday, March 26, 2011
“Death Penalty” - Pros and Cons
History over the years has taught us of many different ways on how to control or punish people who don’t follow the rules and laws imposed by society and courts. These are adopted by society to establish behavior standards. Whether some of them are effective or not, these must be respected in order to not fall into a severe punishment like the death penalty. A“The enormity of killing one’s fellow man with premeditation is the principal reason for the existence of the death penalty.” Throughout history, death penalty has been debated in many different ways. Groups protesting bring up their point of views with their pros and cons to defend their position in favor or against this punishment. A perfect example of why some groups oppose to this penalty is discussed in articles 1“Anti-death penalty groups raising money for exonoree Anthony Graves”, by Diane Jennings, and in 2“Testimony to begin today in death penalty trial of man accused of killing wife, stepdaughter and showing stepsons their bodies”, by Jennifer Emily. In the first article, a group from the Texas Moratorium Network was raising money to help, in this case, Anthony Graves. Graves spent 18 years in jail for murders he never committed, and was finally released from the “death row” from Texas after prosecutors declared him innocent. On the other hand, on the second article, Gary Green was facing a final decision to be convicted of capital murder in Texas. After stabbing his wife, he killed her 6-year-old daughter and proceeded to show their bodies to his stepsons. Jurors in this case were to decide B“whether to impose a death sentence or send him to prison for life without parole.” Death penalty brings positive and negative contributions to society. Even though, there have been a lot of proven mistakes when imposing it, and...