BRIAN K. PRATER
CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR-APA
Professor: Dr. Corey Martin
March 7th, 2014
Capital punishment or as some refer as “the death penalty” is an emotional subject for all Americans and is a sensitive subject especially on the political stage. This research paper will discuss how the death penalty is not murder nor is it cruel. The death penalty is the delivery of justice to a suspect that has committed the most hideous crime of murder. The death penalty is justice being served after the suspect has been found guilty by a jury and has been through countless hearings in an appellate court. Our society has to have a defense in the battle of ...view middle of the document...
Michael Kronenwetter discusses how the death penalty prevents future crime in his book, Capital Punishment. Mr. Kronenwetter states, “In the past, many murderers who have been given life sentences have eventually been released, whether on parole, to alleviate prison overcrowding, or because of some other circumstance” (Kronenwetter, M. p.36 1993). Capital Punishment is an effective deterrent to the most violent crimes in our society and should be legal throughout the United States.The potential of the death penalty punishment deters people from committing acts of murder. Many people fear death; therefore, it’s logical to believe that if they know death could be the consequence of their act, they are less than likely to commit such hideous acts. Death is a never-ending punishment and deters some from committing violent acts. An article written by Journalist Robert Tanner, in an article in the Washington Post, titled “Studies Say Death Penalty Deters Crime”, references a study by the University of Colorado at Denver Professor Naci Mocan. In the study Professor Mocan states, “ each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides” (Tanner, R. 2007). The punishment of death that is an available option for the government assists the criminal justice authorities in keeping their citizens safe.
The death penalty ends the life of a convicted killer and while the death of another human being is not pleasant or something to celebrate it does provide closure to the family of the victim. There is nothing anyone can do to repay such a loss to a family of a murder victim. However, the state should seek out to administer justice in such a circumstance. The family can find some peace knowing that the person who murdered their loved one is to be executed and will no longer be able to victimize other families. Whereas if the death penalty were not an option the courts would give him/ her life in prison and the suspect would come up for parole every two years. The victim’s family will have to go through the pain every time they had to attend a court hearing and have to face the details of the murder of their loved one. In the case of an Arizona murder the Tribune Business News chronicled a families struggle of dealing with the murders...