Eng 122 – C3
The Death Penalty
Death penalty also known as capital punishment is the ultimate price paid for committing a heinous crime against humanity. It is use today more conservatively (in the western world) than it was used in ancient days to punish all kind of crimes. Adultery, kidnapping and fornication to name a few are punishable by death in the Holy Bible and Holy Koran. Both the proponent and the opponent of death penalty yell and scream when the word death penalty is mentioned. The proponent may argue that it deters crime while opponent may argue that an innocent may be executed. In United States, death penalty is a law in 37 of the 50 of the states. Proponent may state that crime rate has been on the rise in the recent past because too much leniency has been shown to criminals that criminals do not fully account for their crimes. The system allows too much loop holes for criminals’ legal representatives to exploit. If victims can not receive mercy from the criminals, the criminals do not deserve mercy from society either. It is cheaper to put criminals to death than to give them life sentence. The opponent may say that a civil society should not engage in killing retaliation in the name of Justice. Innocent people may die if there is a rush to judgment because someone must be held accountable. The system is skewed against minority and the poor. Both sides are right, victim of violent crimes especially if life is lost deserve justice from society. On the other hand, government endless resource is a formidable huddle for the poor to match, and as a result innocent may be punish for crimes they know nothing about.