The Argument for Capital Punishment Is capital punishment really destroying the justice system? Although death penalty abolitionists may argue that capital punishment is ruining the justice system, Americans should grapple with the idea that capital punishment is beneficial to society for seven primary reasons. These reasons include the convictions rate, deterrence, a not so cruel and unusual punishment, the fallacy of racism, pro-life inconsistency, the Christian argument against death and, finally, retributive punishment. “A review of death penalty judgments over a twenty-three year period found a national error rate of 68%”, claimed ACLU. However, I find this error rate to be extremely deceptive. In reality, this “fact” was twisted to favor the abolitionist’s case. The Wall Street Journal’s Paul Cassell explains the error very nicely, “After reviewing twenty-three years of capital sentences, the study’s authors were unable to a find a single case in which an innocent person was executed.” And here lies the problem. Actually, the error rate of mistaken or wrongful executions is 0% rather than 68%. Secondly, abolitionists would have you believe capital punishment does not deter other criminals from committing other heinous crimes. Again, this is a common misconception. Deterrence, in and of itself, is not a valid reason for capital punishment. Christian writer C.S. Lewis observed “If deterrence is all that matters, the execution of an innocent man, provided the people think him guilty, would be fully justified.” (Eddlem) That being said, capital punishment does undoubtedly deter criminals in some way. For instance, in 1977, the year the death penalty actually claimed its first victim after being reinstated, homicide rates plummeted. Also, when the number of executions went up in 1983, the homicide rated showed its biggest one year drop. Similarly in 1996 when the executions increased, homicide rate fell again. (Johansen) In this way, homicide rates
In Favor of the Death Penalty
Many state legislatures are abolishing the death penalty; but without it, can justice ever really be carried out for murderers? In this essay I will argue in favor of the death penalty.
My main argument will be that the death penalty is imperative to carrying out justice in regard to murderers. Immanuel Kant's categorical imperative defends this position stating "Act only on that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal….
ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF THE DEATH PENALTY.
by Greg Slack
There are many among us that feel the death penalty is both cruel and barbaric, and not an effective crime deterrent. Others may feel it makes murderers of us as well, thinking that one is no more morally right than the other.
To that end I ask one simple question: what are our alternatives? What are our alternatives when prisons are overcrowded, funding for the correctional systems are overstretched, and finding places for new prisons….
The death penalty has been and always will be a controversial issue. Most people have strong opinions and arguments to support their side. Arguments for both sides can be extremely convincing but it boils down to personal opinions. In fact, each state governs the death penalty differently. Although there are opposing views to the death penalty, I am in favor of the death penalty because of the retribution, morality, and its deterrence.
The death penalty gives retribution….
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The Death Penalty: Is it Right?
Capital punishment is a very controversial topic that has many supporters and critics at both ends. Like anything controversial, there will be strong arguments for and against a matter that seem both feasible and logical. In a situation like capital punishment where a unanimous vote for or against the issue will never be possible, it is important to address the main concerns and to alleviate conflicting opinions….
DEATH PENALTY IN THE PHILIPPINES: ARE YOU IN FAVOR? OR NOT??
For the past few years, Death penalty has been a big issue to our country. Some people are in favor of it, but most are not. Just imagine our country if death penalty is on the go?
Death penalty is a way to lessen crime in our country. Death penalty controls crime in some countries like China. As we all know, death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is a way of sentencing someone to death because….
have been 1,188 people executed (death procon). Numerous capital punishment cases are the execution of murderers; it can also be implemented for treason, espionage, and other crimes. The types of capital punishment include hanging, firing squad, electrocution, lethal gas and lethal injection. It is widely debated on whether or not these punishments are considered cruel and unusual. To this day capital punishment remains a controversial topic.
The death penalty roots back to the 1700s B.C to The….
Death penalty is probably one of the most controversial punishments that can be applied to those who break the law. There are many people that support this punishment, but there is also a large amount against it. The reason why this huge problem has not been solved yet is because there is no right or wrong answer to this situation. In this essay I’m going to talk about death penalty’s characteristics, the way it has developed in different countries such….
believe that death penalty is a violation of human rights.
I. Living as a human right like freedom of speech, belief and so on
II. Unfair application of death penalty
III. Death penalty not a more effective deterrent than imprisonment as suggested by supporters of the application
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Throughout history, people have been fighting against crime and been looking for a way to cope with it. Death penalty is one of the….
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Death Punishment or Capital Penalty
According to the American Civil Liberties Union, “an estimated 15,269 Americans have been executed since the inception of the death penalty dating back to colonial times” (ACLU). Capital punishment is the most preeminent form of criminal punishment in the United States. By being expensive and racially and socially biased, the death penalty is only used for the government’s fear of executing innocent people….
Death Penalty: Wrong or Right?
Over several years, the death penalty has existed among various countries, and used to eliminate killers who are considered extremely dangerous in the society. According to various sources, the fear associated with the death penalty discourages individuals with the propensity of conducting such inhumane crimes. Application of the death penalty, however, comes with mixed reactions from the society since some people support it while others are against….