Some people argue that the death penalty is a just punishment in the United States.
Others argue that the death penalty is an unjust punishment in the United States. What control does the law have over one’s life? Banner wrote, “The death penalty was hoped that the criminal’s death would purge society from the sin of the crime, and hopefully, lead the condemned to examine his or her own moral state and repent.” As the nineteenth century progressed, people began to think that the death penalty was obscure, and should not be used for crimes other than murder and treason. Juries became less likely to convict if there was no other penalty for the accused besides death. Capital punishment was also as less socially acceptable. By the twentieth century, the United States began to find itself more and more alone in the world as it persisted with capital punishment. This type of punishment is still a controversial issue today.
The Death Penalty is immoral and should be banned. It is a cruel and unusual punishment. The death penalty is an unjust punishment in the United States. “Execution is not proven to be an effective deterrent and, with so many miscarriages of justice and reports of botched executions, surely it cannot be right to teach people that killing is wrong by killing them” (The Lancet 1262).
The death penalty does not deter crime. John J. Donohue III wrote, “There is not the slightest credible statistical evidence that capital punishment reduces the rate of homicide.” Last year roughly 14,000 murders were committed but only 35 executions took place. Since murderers typically expose themselves to far greater immediate risks, there is a high likelihood that some small chance of execution many years after committing a crime will influence the behavior of a sociopath. The death penalty is immoral. Semon Thompson wrote, “As superintendent of the Oregon State Penitentiary, I planned and carried out that state’s only two executions in the last 54 years I used to support the death penalty.
I don’t anymore.” Thompson was charged with executing two inmates on the penitentiary. Capital punishment is a failed policy.
America should no longer accept the myth that capital punishment plays any constructive role in our criminal justice system. It will be hard to bring an end to the death penalty, but we will be a healthier society as a result. The death penalty violates the Constitution. The eighteenth amendment states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (U.S. Const.
amend. VIII, sec. 3). In 1976, the Court thought that the constitutional infirmities in the death penalty could be healed; the Court in effect delegated significant responsibility to the States to develop procedures that would protect against those constitutional problems. Almost 40 years of studies, surveys, and experience strongly indicate, however, that this effort has failed.
Today’s administration of the death penalty involves three fundamental constitutional defects: (1) serious unreliability, (2) arbitrariness in application, and (3) unconscionably long delays that undermine the death penalty’s penological purpose. Perhaps as a result, (4) most places within the United States have abandoned its use. Steven Breyer wrote, ” I believe it highly likely that the death penalty violates the Eighth Amendment.
“Others argue that the death penalty is a just punishment in the U.S. The death penalty is moral. Feser wrote, “We reserve the death penalty in the United States for the most heinous murders and the most brutal and conscienceless murderers.” This is not, what some critics argue, a kind of state- run lottery that randomly chooses an unlucky few for the ultimate penalty from among all those convicted of murder.
Rather, the capital punishment system is a filter that selects the worst of the worst. There are arguments for both sides. The Death Penalty is immoral and should be banned. It is a cruel and unusual punishment. Some people argue that the death penalty is a just punishment in the United States.
Others argue that the death penalty is an unjust punishment in the United States. There have been opposing views on this topic for decades now; this is a very controversial topic. This capital punishment traces back to the nineteenth century.
People forget how much of an impact this can have on an individual, and their family’s life. We as American citizens need to take action, to put this cruel and unusual punishment to an end.