Cause and Effect: The Death Penalty
The cause of the death penalty more often then not is politically inspired. Fear has long been a favored method for controlling the population. In the case of the execution of those found guilty of murder in developed countries such as The USA , where the motivation is simply political. More votes are gained by appealing to the sense of justice exhibited in the lower educated classes than are to be gained by appealing to those that are more educated and trained in the exercise of reasoning. It is one of the failings of democracy. The effect of the death penalty is that if a person is a murderer he or she has nothing to lose by killing to cover their crime. No murderer commits a crime and intends to do the time.
The death penalty remains as one of the controversial issues not only in the United States but in the whole world as well. The death penalty has articulated itself as a debate characterized by rhetoric of pro death penalty ideals and con death penalty assertions. It should be noted that the debate on death penalty is not new in the world considering that death penalty has been used as a method of punishing criminals since time immemorial, although it may have gained momentum in the 20th century with enactment of human rights charter. For example, records on death penalty shows that the first man to receive this capital punishment was Daniel Frank, in the 15th century. However, it is important to note that justification of death penalty varies from one society to the other and in contemporary world where everyone thinks the world is more liberalized than ever, death penalty is likely to receive support and criticism from different quarters in the society. Debate on death penalty is mainly constructed in realm of the causes and the effects it has on the society. Those in support of death penalty mainly considers the causes while those in opposed to death penalty mostly consider the effects it has on the society,...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document