Should society execute killers?

Should society execute killers?

Should society execute killers? At this point I have decided to take a position because there are many different cases. I am against Capital Punishment. There are too many inconsistencies within the judicial system that should be questioned when it comes to punishing a prisoner. The enforcement of the death penalty (capital punishment) has been an effective deterrent. Capital punishment is the execution of criminals by the state for committing heinous crimes such as rape and murder. The United States is one of the few countries left in the world to practice the savage and immoral punishment of death. Retentionists argue that the consequence of death prevents persons from committing the heinous crime of murder (www.encarta.msn.com). The death penalty is morally and socially unethical, should be construed as cruel and unusual punishment since it is both discriminatory and arbitrary, has no proof of acting as a deterrent, and risks the atrocious and unacceptable injustice of executing innocent people. As long as capital punishment exists in our society it will continue to spark the injustice which it has failed to curb. Capital punishment is immoral and unethical. It does not matter who does the killing because when a life is taken by another it is always wrong. By killing a human being the state lessens the value of life and actually contributes to the growing sentiment in today’s society that certain individuals are worth more than others. When the value of life is lessened under certain circumstances such as the life of a murderer, what is stopping others from creating their own circumstances for the value of one’s life such as race, class, religion, and economics In 1976 the United States reinstated the death penalty; more than 600 executions have taken place since then. More than 3,300 prisoners are sitting on death row in the United States. More than half of the world has eliminated the idea of the death penalty. The United States…


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