What is Capital punishment? Capital punishment is the death penalty. It is used today as a consequence for harsh crimes. The death penalty can be very controversial on the history of the death penalty, worldwide use of the death penalty, and the possibility of killing someone who Is Innocent. It does not bring closure to families. The death penalty doesn’t necessarily help families of murder victims. Murder victim family members have testified that the drawn-out death penalty process is painful for them and that life without parole is an appropriate alternative.
In the 18th century B. C. , the death penalty was first used in a code called the “Code of King Hamburg of Babylon”‘ which lists how a person can be put to death If he or she does not obey the rules. In historical times, when a person was sentence to death, people would throw a stone at the person’s head, hung by the neck, or be drowned. In the 19th century, the laws for the death penalty had changed by lowering the severity of crimes that were considered eligible for capital punishment.
The united States’ death penalty originated from Great Britain. In the sass, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty should be removed from reactive. A few years later, the U. S. Supreme Court reinstated the use of the death someone who has mental illness or retardation. The death penalty is the maximum penalty to remove criminals from society, which is controversial. Many people believe that criminals should die if they murder another human being. Even the Bible refers to people who murder others should be punished. Executions are too Costly-Morally’ by Helen Prepare have stated that, It is abundantly clear that the Bible depicts murder as a crime for which death is considered the appropriate punishment, and one is hard pressed to find a biblical proof text” in either the Hebrew Testament or the New Testament which unequivocally refutes it. By killing the criminal, it would save other people from being murdered by the same person. All over the world, crimes are being committed, whether it is intentional, unintentional, or with criminal intent of harming others.
The crime a person committed will determine if he or she is eligible for the death penalty in countries that utilize it. For example, in Wisconsin, a man name Steven Avery was accused and sentence to death for killing a 36-year-old physical fitness instructor (Possess). In countries that don’t offer the death penalty, the criminals might be sentenced to life in prison without parole (Reinhardt). How effective is the death penalty? For one thing, it would show that criminals are not wanted in society.
Crimes will not go down when someone is put in prison or sentenced to death whether or not the countries offer the death penalty. There is always someone there to take away another human being’s life or criminals somehow escape from prison with a possibility of harming another human being Just to get away. When the criminal shoots someone, the person might receive the death penalty, which is more costly than life sentence without parole. In the United States, the death penalty costs more then states that don’t have the death penalty. “Last year, New Jersey, which spent 10. Million dollars annually on maintaining the death penalty became the first state to abolish the practice since the death penalty was reinstated by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1976” (Carter). The taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay that much money Just to keep the criminals in Jail where they can receive free health care, food, and whatever else they want before they are put to death. The law is so kind to criminals instead of toward the victims. The money can be better spent for our community to protect the people. Wouldn’t it be better to Just put the criminal who has committed a serious crime away in prison for life without parole?
The life sentence costs less and the criminal wouldn’t be worrying about whether or not it would be possible to leave Jail. The criminal can sit in the Jailhouse wondering about their life or feel remorse for their victims. What is the cost to keep criminals lock up? In Supreme Court Decision Brings Focus to Death Penalty Policy by James Clark stated that, “The largest single expense comes from the extra cost of housing people n death row, which is $90,000 more per year per inmate than general prison housing”. There could be a possibility that the criminal could die before being executed.
In “The Death Penalty” David Brick states “The death penalty states are also learning that the death penalty is easier to advocate than it is to administer” (Brick, par. 12). Therefore, the criminal would be better off to die of Yet, the murders have several methods of execution depending on their location in their country; to die in a less painful way where it is done in a blink of an eye (Lloyd 3). The United States Constitution protects everyone from cruel and unusual enmeshment regardless of the criminal action toward his or her victims.
Each state that has the death penalty offers at least two different methods of execution. In the standard method of lethal injection used in the United States, the prisoner lies strapped to a gurney, a catheter with an intravenous line attached is inserted into his vein, and three drugs are injected into the line by executioners hidden behind a wall. The first drug is an anesthetic (sodium Ethiopians), followed by a paralytic agent (pandemonium bromide), and, finally, a drug that causes the heart to stop beating (potassium chloride) (Lloyd 1). After the murderer passes away, the victim’s family can move on.
The criminal’s family might feel sorry for the victim’s family but at the same time would feel hate and anger toward the Justice system. However, when a criminal is sentenced to life in prison, they could be overcome by guilt, and perhaps wish to apologize to the victim’s family for their crime and hope for forgiveness. The criminal’s family could come and visit him or her in Jail without any worries of a possible death row. The criminal chose to harm others with intentional or unintentional crimes. It was their free will to choose their own crimes or no crimes at all.
No one has told the person to chop up the victim’s body and toss it somewhere where no one can find it. No one has said to shoot someone in public or a drive-by shooting to sharpen his or her shooting skills. Others might disagree because society might have made the person feel unwanted and that he or she thinks no one will respect him or her. The person feels like he or she should get back at society Just for revenge. They could feel that life is no good and what better way to not have to pay for anything then to be in jail where everything there is free.
Most criminals don’t feel sorry for the crimes they have committed. The mostly likely reason is that the criminals feel like they are no longer whom they are. When the criminals are sent to death row, they show no feelings what so ever. It would give them a chance to talk about their views of the world or that the death penalty is unjust. If they think that the death penalty is so wrong, why commit serious crimes in the first place? Could they really be rehabilitated Just moments from death and believe that life is worth living?
The death penalty should be removed from use. In the United States, politicians use hard on crime policies to show that they are tough on criminals who have omitted harsh crimes on other human beings. Innocent people might be executed by accident. After days, months, or years later after the person is dead, the court could find the person not guilty of crimes committed by showing proof and forensic analysis. The lawyers or police officers might withhold information that the innocent person shouldn’t be sentence to death.
For example, in “The Innocent Project” of information came up with 16 excuses to defend his innocence. The person could be sentenced to death based on a mistaken identity where the innocent person would have to pay for the real murderer’s crime. In April of 2002, attorneys for the Wisconsin Innocence Project at the University of Wisconsin obtained a court order for DNA testing of 13 pubic hairs recovered from Bergsten at the time of the crime. On September 10, 2003, the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory reported that the hair belonged to Gregory Allen (Possess).
Putting someone on death row doesn’t bring the victim back. Others would argue that by putting the criminal on death row that we are the same as the criminal in harming human beings. My argument for keeping capital punishment is that it can provide a safer environment for us. How many times has something like this appeared in a national television show or newspapers about a recently captured killer walks free from death because he planned the whole murder plot purposely in a state where capital punishment do not exist?
I bet many of us have either heard of it or seen it before. Many killers plan their plots ahead of time, because they know even if they get caught by the policeman they are not going to be faced with a capital punishment. It is simply due to the fact that many states in the America have not yet legalized capital punishment. As sad as it is, it is even more depressing that though we operate in democracy, one of the finest government? We still have holes in our system.
When the killers are captured in the states without capital punishment the highest type of sentence they can be punished with is a life in prison. Are they really done causing harm in our society? One who is a killer will always be a killer and even if they are in prison their next target could be the inmates or the guards. What is the difference between one life sentence and two to the prisoners, when an average human is only going to live no more than one hundred year? One of the many reason or a killer for returning to murder again is recidivism.
Recidivism is from someone who had the tendency “To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits” (dictionary). According to Koch’s essay in 1981, there are 91 police officers killed while in duty and the cases that were solved showed that seven percent of the convicts had a history of homicide. Also in Koch’s essay in between 1976 and 1977 in the Big Apple, 85 persons arrested for homicide had a previous arrest for murder, six had two previous arrests for murder and one had four previous murder arrests.
What happens to those who get out after such short times of imprisonment? As stated before the killers are most likely to kill again. What should we do? We should enforce capital punishment in our country and in every state. There are no perfect men in this world but in order to protect the others we need to eliminate those who are reactivated to kill, we need to look at the bigger picture for the greater good. There will always be a never-ending issue on how effective the death penalty is. I imagine that killing their loved one’s murderer will not mend their broken hearts.
Killing criminals can be seen in the earliest times of world history, and the death notice the seriousness of a crime and the valuable of life. The death penalty can be very controversial on the history of the death penalty, worldwide use of the death penalty, and the possibility of killing someone who is innocent. When we executed a death penalty, we are making an example out of one prisoner. The message that the government officials wished to send out to the other criminals and civilians is that there will be penalty for a crime and those we don’t value others life will be punished.