? Essay, Research Paper
Is the Death Penalty an Effective Punishment? Yes. In at least one
important respect, it is. It simply cannot be argued that a
killer, once executed, can ever kill again. The Death Penalty does
not stop people from killing others. The only thing it does stop is
killers from killing people again. Some statistics indicate that Capital
Punishment has killed more blacks then whites and more poor then rich.
There is nothing wrong with the Death Penalty. If someone kills another
they should be punished. This process cost over 400,000 of dollars.
I would say my that money is well spent. If it is going to stop a crazy
man from killing again then so be it. I don’t know if it is immoral
or cruel. I do know that no human should be able to play the part of God
or the Devil. People are suppose to live and die, we can’t make someone
live if there no life. We can stop someone from dying when there alive.
Were not suppose to kill others. I do not think that a child the age of
12 and older should get away with murder just because there so young.
Adults think they wouldn’t understand death. I knew what death was when
I was in 5th grade I was nine and my Grandfather died. I knew what that
ment. I don’t think it is right for a man that is 18 to be punished to
the Death Penalty for killing a man. When a twelve year old boy who was
playing with his daddy’s gun and kills his best friend doesn’t get but
more then a few years in jail. Kids have a lot of power now days and
some think they can get away with murder. I don’t think it is right
for some states to not have the Death Penalty and some to have it.
It ruins the purpose. It does not mean that people are going to stop
in California just because there is one. No matter where you are there
is going to be death. It is how the death was caused that you should be
so worried about. Thirty-eight states currently have the death penalty.
More then 350 people have been executed in the USA since 1990. More then
3,300 others are on death row. The application of the death penalty is
racist. Black and white people are the victims of violent crime, 82 % of
people executed since 1977 have been convicted of killing white victims.
In 1989 the US Supreme Court ruled that it was not unconstitutional to
execute mentally retarded people. Since then some 30 mental people
have been executed. However, some positive steps have been taken.
In 1998 Nebraska became the 12th state to adopt the band the executed
of mental prisoners. Weather someone is sentenced to life or death can
depend more on their lawyer than on the crime. A defendant who cannot
afford an experienced and competent lawyer is more likely to be sentenced
to death than someone who can.
“An eye for an eye” some feel that execution is the only way to
satisfy the public as well as themselves. Who doesn’t enjoy it when ,
for example, some steals ten dollars from you and then the person who
stole your money has the same thing happen the them? The criminal brought
his punishment upon himself; they deserve what they get. This code claims
that an eye for and eye and a life for a life, is justice. If someone is
lined up for execution then they more then likely deserve it. They have
caused a great deal of grief to the family and friend of the victim or
victims and it seems like the only way justice could be served is for
the criminal to die. For the person to simply go to jail seems unfair.
When there they will eat three meals a day, get to watch TV, and befriend
other in-mates. They live a pretty decent life in prison and they don’t
Is the Death Penalty an Effective Punishment? NO.
“An evil deed is not redeemed by and evil deed of retaliation.
Justice is never advanced in the taking of a human life. Morality is
never upheld be legalized murder”
-Coretta Scott King
One execution is one too many because, no matter how it’s carried out,
the death penalty is cruel, inhuman and degrading. It’s an assault on
the human dignity and a violation of human rights. Capital Punishment
should protect the innocent and serve justice. People question if
it even does this anymore. There is plenty of evidence that it does
exactly the opposite, and plenty that says it does not do any good at all.
The danger of executing innocent people should make anyone think twice
about speeding up. the process; indeed, a disturbing number of the
innocent people sit on death row for more then four years.
Only about 0.02% of homicide perpetrators get sentenced to death.
Canada has a murder rates less then one third as great as Americans.
Estimates of the cost of Capital Punishment are huge. It is around
400,000 to 900,000 a year. There is no real way to replace one life
with the death on another. Yet when Capital Punishment is the choice
of the courts, that is what has to be decided.
Each year there are about 250 people are added to death row and 35 are
executed. The death penalty is the harshest form of punishment enforced
in the US today. Lethal injection is the most common form used today.
From 1972 to 1977 capital punishment was ruled unconstitutional by the
Supreme Court. It was said that it the Death penalty was cruel and
unusual under the eighth amendment. I myself feel that the death penalty
is wrong morally because it is the cruel and inhumane taking a human life.
However after a supreme court decision in 1977 `Gregg v. Georgia’,
which stated Capital punishment did not violate the Eighth Amendment,
executions were once started again under the states supervision.
“Electrocution had occasion caused extensive burns and needed more
than one application of electric current to kill the condemned”
Capital Punishment is immoral in principle, and unfair.
It assures the execution of some innocent people. As a remedy
for crime, it has no purpose and no effect. Both Greeks and the Romans
invoked the death penalty for a wide variety of offenses.
The possibility of an innocent person being put to death is another factor
some people have against the Death Penalty. According to the 1986
Stanford University Survey at least 23 Americans have been wrongly
executed in the 20th century.
Throughout history people have been put to death for various forms of
wrongdoing. Methods of execution have included such practices as
crucifixion, stoning, drowning, burning at the stake, impaling,
and beheading. Today Capital Punishment is typically accomplished
by lethal gas or injection, electrocution, hanging, or shooting.
Other harsh, physical forms of this punishment were referred to as
corporal punishment they have all been eliminated in modern times as
uncivilized and unnecessary. About 80 nations have abolished the Death
Penalty and an almost equal number of nations retain it. (Most are
Most of the US states provide the Death Penalty and 50 to 75
executions occur each year throughout the US. Personally I think that
no state should have this punishment. If I killed someone I would want
to die. I think by killing a murder your giving them just what they want.
These people are sick and there SCREAMING for you to kill them.
In the US, we experience the tragedy of over 20,000 homicides each
year. Those on death row are the poorest of poor. They are “people of
color”: African American (40.7%), Hispanic(5.72%), Native American 1.49
%), and Asian (0.61%). This means 50 % of death row inmates are people
of color. It is estimated that over one-third of all death row inmates
are mentally retarded (with IQ’s less the 70), and that nearly have are
More than 3,000 people were executed since 1930, nearly half were
people of color. Eighty-five percent of those executed since 1977 were
punished for killing white victims.
If we were to talk about a state like ….Ohio where 842 people have
been executed since 1884. Of this number, only one white mad was executed
for killing a black man.
The moral issue here is: Do we have the right to kill, or is that the right
of God only? This does not excuse one who takes the life of another.
People who favor the death penalty often believe it helps reduce the
number of violent crimes.
Could it be that as long as the state is killing, we are sending a message
that killing is a way to solve problems? I would personally say no.
I think that in no way it would ever be ok for anyone to die unless it is
just there time to go. People have to die sooner or later. It is just
like saying that we should put all people that smoke in jail because
that is attempt of murder to themselves. Smoking kills just not as
quickly as a gun.