January 26th, 2014
Since capital punishment is the legal process in which the state puts to death a person that commits a certain type of crime, the death penalty should deter criminals from committing violent crimes. “The executions of people who have been found guilty of offenses believe that some crimes, especially murder, are so serious and so destructive to society that the perpetrators deserve the most severe punishment” (Capital Punishment 2014).
In the article, Capital Punishment, the issues focused on the moral argument that killing is wrong, the mental capacity of people facing the death penalty, and the fairness of the death penalty in which wrongful executions of innocent people, and the lack of uniformity in applying capital punishment. “Advances in technology, ...view middle of the document...
If killing is always wrong, then the death penalty is wrong. Killing is always wrong. Therefore, the death penalty is wrong. “Opponents of capital punishment argue that there are no circumstances under which taking a human life is justified. They think that society’s interests are better served by placing criminals in jail, where they can do no further harm” (Capital Punishment 2014).
No matter what your stand or point of view is on the issue of capital punishment, people on both sides of the coin have strong beliefs in the argument for or against. However, it must be agreed that the application of the death penalty is inconsistence and continues to have discriminatory practices. For example, “Statistical studies show that African Americans in Georgia were 4.3 times more likely to receive death sentences when they killed whites than when they killed other African Americans” (Capital Punishment 2014). The article, Capital Punishment, also states that because of “the well-established patterns of racial bias in sentencing remain a strong argument against capital punishment.
The death penalty once applied is permanent. The article advised the readers to take a look at the issue of the death penalty because hundreds of people have been released from death row after being found innocent of the crime they were convicted. Capital punishment not only has moral issues and questions, but also concerns that violate the constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment. Can society risk executing even one innocent person?
Therefore, I feel that the death penalty should be put to an end because of the fact that it does not work as a deterrent to crime, innocent people for being put to death, and it is not fair in how and when it is sought.
"Capital Punishment." Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.