Death and Justice
Stacey T. Pendolino-Meadors
PHI103: Informal Logic
Professor Jan Edwards
June 6, 2011
Some issues that have incessantly created tension in today's society is whether the death penalty serves as a justified and legitimate form of punishment. When the word "death penalty" comes up, societies from both sides start suggesting their opinions of their arguments. One side says there’s a probability of executing an innocent man; one says justice, retribution, and punishment; the other side says execution is murder. Execution is murder if the plaintiff is innocent and doesn’t get a chance to prove their innocence. Crime is an obvious part of society, and everyone is aware that something must be done about it in one way or another. Most people know the threat of crime to their lives, but the question lies in the methods and action in which it should be dealt with. In several parts of the world, the death penalty has been apportioned to those who have committed a variety of offenses from the time of ancient Babylon to present-day America. As history tells us, capital punishment, whose definition is "the use of death as a legally sanctioned punishment," is an acceptable and efficient means of deterring crime. Today, the death penalty remains an effective method of punishment for murder and other heinous crimes. Some states use the death penalty to punish crimes, while others choose not to punish crimes with death. In my opinion I feel that is not just. If the crime is heinous enough, you should be sentenced to death to be able to help the other party heal. The death penalty should be used because it is designed to keep these criminals in line and to attempt to teach them a lesson and prison itself is not a harsh enough punishment. “The first established death penalty laws date as far back as the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for 25 different...
References: ("Society 's Final Solution: A History and Discussion of the Death Penalty," L. Randa, editor, University Press of America, 1997. As retrieved from http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/part-i-history-death-penalty#earlymid)
(Death-Row Inmates Decline. (2007, February). Corrections Today, 69(1), 12. Retrieved May 16, 2011, from Criminal Justice Periodicals. (Document ID: 1283394751). http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1283394751&sid=3&Fmt=3&clientId=74379&RQT=309&VName=PQD)
(Anonymous, WILL ILLINOIS BE "BELLWETHER OF THE AMERICAN DEATH PENALTY"? (2011, March). Corrections Forum, 20(2), 4. Retrieved May 16, 2011, from Criminal Justice Periodicals. (Document ID: 2335273001 http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=2335273001&sid=1&Fmt=3&clientId=74379&RQT=309&VName=PQD).
Please join StudyMode to read the full document