English 102, 10:00
2 Febuary 2015
Request for Your Final Meal?
There are two industrial countries that still have the death penalty in effect-the United States and Japan. Oxford Dictionary defines the death penalty as “The punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime”. These countries remain in the minority nations in the world that still promote the death penalty for certain crimes. Numerous citizens see the penalty as barbaric and against American values, but the death penalty has been around for some time. There is not a guarantee the criminals that are being put to death were not innocent from the beginning.
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Other countries do not have a favorable image of the United States because of the death penalty. The United States is seen as a violent nation for having such policies in place.
The citizens who are for the death penalty make very good explanations. The death penalty gives the grieving family closure; the family knows that the individual got what they deserved. The death penalty will also put a fear in the criminals mind that if they commit a crime they will be put to death. The death penalty could ultimately cut down the crime rate for that the criminals do not want to die. DNA testing is also a reliable form of analyzing the crime scene, and delivering accurate information. A criminal is not going to become a perfect citizen after they are released from prison. The criminal is very likely to commit another crime.
There are the individuals that don’t see the death penalty as good or bad, as long as there is enough evidence. There is also the chance of putting an innocent person to death. As of 1973, 140 people have been released from death row due to missing evidence. Humans are fallible, and we must take that into consideration. There are currently only 15 states that have made the death penalty illegal, but in those other 35 there’re 3,108 citizens awaiting execution. Missouri is actually a state that bestows the death penalty; how ever, more states are joining in and eliminating the death penalty.
The death penalty has been around for most of this countries existence. In 1886 the labor union The Knights of Labor decided to protest about unfair wages within the work place. This protest took place in Chicago. A peaceful protest turned deadly when a bomb was thrown, and killed many workers, cops, and innocent by...