Capital Punishment: The Ultimate Consequence
Capital punishment is exactly what it sounds like-the death penalty- and it is the ultimate judicial consequence for those who commit the most violent of crimes. This punishment is the optimum consequence in the United States Judicial System and one that is not and has never been taken lightly. Criminals pay the price for the crimes they commit, so if their crime is so awful that their decided punishment by this country’s judicial system is death, then so be it. This society talks so highly of peace, yet crimes are committed every day and people are killed weekly. Criminals choose to commit these acts and therefore, must accept the consequences. There is no “get out of jail free” card under any circumstance. They should take responsibility for their actions in any way the judicial system sees fit. Capital punishment is a punishment for a reason and is only used in the most extreme cases. That is why it is called “capital punishment” also known as, the highest punishment. Capital punishment was instilled as the utmost consequence for the sole reason of discouraging these horrific crimes. Even with it, crime is not stopped, but it is certainly deterred and therefore, society is safer. The death sentence should be legalized in all states because justice demands it as retribution and closure for victims, because more crime is deterred as a result, and because more innocent lives are saved; furthermore, it is actually less costly than life-in-prison sentences. Capital punishment is an act of justice, retribution, and closure for victims involved in the crime. The abuser finally receives a verdict for the damage that was caused, takes responsibility for the actions, and faces the consequences given. Crime disturbs the order of peace and liberty and is an act of selfishness on behalf of the culprit. “To restore this order, the wrongdoer pays a price equivalent to the harm he has done. This is retribution, not to be confused with revenge, which is guided by a different motive” (Budziszewski). If the crime was so major that capital punishment is the consequence, then it should be carried out. That is the purpose of the justice system, to carry out the law in any way decided. Seeing the offender face the consequence of their actions can bring closure to the family members or victims of the crime because that person is no longer a dark cloud over their life anymore. They can no longer be hurt and they feel retribution as a result. The death sentence brings finality to the horrible chapter the victims have been going through (Messerli). This is not an argument of revenge or that death is a good thing, as some people debate, but it is an argument that criminals must face the consequence equivalent to their crime. The majority of people fear death, including criminals. Not many people actually want to die, thus deterring crime just itself. Criminals do not want to be executed and would obviously prefer life in prison. The death penalty encourages perpetrators to think twice about the crimes they commit. If they still make the choice to perform a crime so wrong that the consequence is the death penalty, then that is their own fault. People debate that criminals should just be placed in prison for life rather than executed. However, prison time is not always enough to discourage criminals from carrying out a crime. It also protects other innocent citizens from being hurt in the long run if that criminal were to somehow be allowed parole or escape. There have been multiple accounts of criminals being released from prison only to kill even more people. Some argue that innocent people are put to death; however, these errors are very rare due to modern DNA testing which has proven to be 99% accurate because DNA is unique to each person (Messerli). Because of DNA testing and evidence, prior cases can be solved that may have been linked to the same criminal. Also, trial processes are so thorough...
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