Alarge population of Americans have a clear stance when it comes to the death penalty.
People That agree with this type of punishment will say that it serves as an appropriatesolution to horrible crimes such as death, and that justice is being served in theway of how it should be. I believe the death penalty is wrong outdated non moraland there are better ways to go about it. It really has no true benefit to societyand causing more harm than good to society as a whole. It’s wrong and there’s betterways to go about dealing with crimes then taking money from us and making othersuffer. Thereare people who will argue that a murder done can only be justified by a death. Therereasoning being an eye for an eye a life for a life is justice being served.
AsI see it as our nation tries to rise above a higher standard than our worst of enemiesand criminals any death left done by pain and suffering is immoral. We should atthe very least let out justice system left to do what it’s supposed to. Accordingto an interview done with Supreme court member Ginsberg he states “nowhere in historyhas the Supreme Court ever advocated for the use of cruel and unusual punishment”Seeing as how own member of the supreme court doesn’t think death is justifiable,I’d like to think our nation has more compassion and humanity than those who havedone wrong and showing them the compassion they have denied someone else by notsinking to their level but by letting them rot in a cell. Onemay also like to try and argue that its justice for the families of the fallen,but what about the wrongfully accused take Troy Anthony Davis forexample he was convicted of the shooting and death of an off duty police officerMark McPhail. His conviction was based on the testimony of nine witnesses,seven of whom later admitted their testimony was false or forced upon them totell a story put into their heads to make the process go faster.
Wrongful convictionsand executions happen because of things such as mistaken eye witness testimony,faulty forensic science, or racial profiling police enforcement officers thatpush people towards convicting the wrong person. We must also look at the mental mindof the person who is being convicted and sentenced to this serve match of a punishment.If a person is not mentally capable of processing and understanding the actionsthey have committed, it is ethically wrong to execute them for this.When looking atthe ethics of capital punishment, it’s also very important to look at whether ornot it is actually a cruel and unusual punishment. Some see the death penalty as a good wayto put justice where justice is needed, and yes some who have been convictedhave even said they would do it again if they had they chance.
A pro to thedeath penalty is yes those who feel no remorse for what they have done and havebrutally murder over and over again innocent kids and adults in heinous waysdon’t deserve they chance to one day become eligible for parole and leave thejail cells they once had to call home when they have admitted they would do itall over again but better. By saying thatwe look at the fact that an execution is a violent crime and is technically homicide, and onethat goes about killing to solve problems is the worst possible example to set forthis nation, Governments worldwide have often attempted to justify what theyare doing by praising the claimed benefits that such killing would bring to therest of society. Some criminologists, such as William Bowers of NortheasternUniversity, maintain that the death penalty has the opposite effect: that is,society is brutalized by the use of the death penalty, and this increases thelikelihood of more murder.
Ron McAndrew, aformer warden on Florida’s death row, has said, “Many colleagues turned todrugs and alcohol from the pain of knowing a man died at their hands.” Some have even committed suicide. Bydirectly participating in the execution process, prison workers have to facethe moral implication of knowingly participating in the act of killing anotherhuman being who does feel remorse and at the very same time could be possiblyinnocent. At the same time, those responsible for carrying out the execution donot have the benefit of having heard all evidence presented at the trial. Manytimes, the doubt of the condemned person’s guilt is a heavy burden on theconsciences of those that have to perform the execution.
Executing someone becausethey’ve taken someone’s life could be considered revenge, not justice. Anexecution or the threat of one inflicts terrible physical and psychologicalcruelty. Any society which executes offenders is committing the same violenceit condemns. Instead of killing criminals it would be more justifiable to locksomeone in jail for the rest of their lives without there being any chance ofseeing the light of freedom again.
Sitting locked away where prisoners do whoknows what to you is already inhumane alone having to go through it till theday you die or worse it’s a better punishment. Statics show that prisoners leftin prison longer would rather be put on death row then sit and deal with theguilt of what they’ve done or be around people worse than what they are. In theend, you can determine that the death penalty is not only inhumane but againstthe 8th amendment of cruel and inhumane punishment. The death penalty has nobenefits for the taxpayers and no benefit for the public safety. Instead ofkilling these admitted criminals who have over and over again admitted theyhave done wrong, they could just let them stay alive in prison and live out therest of your life. The people who acquit these people don’t know what theirlife is like and why they did it. They also may have executed hundreds or eventhousands of innocent people. The death penalty is cruel and inhumane andshould be stopped in all states and in all countries.
What good does the deathpenalty do than destroy the society we live in, raise taxes and cause more harmthan good. The Eighth Amendmentof the Constitution states: ‘Excessive bail shall not be required, norexcessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted. The amendment is meant to protect Americansagainst harmful punishments. So if the definition is no cruel and unusualpunishments, why would the U.S.
Government have the death penalty by cause oflethal injection which has been proven to be one of the most painfulpunishments and can take upwards of 1 hour to kill a person why would theystill have it. Lethal Injection has been shown to not be used in the right wayspeople can argue it painless but there are cases that shown inexperienced doctorshave put the injection in the wrong spots, and don’t inject it right. Therehave also been cases where a lethal injection has gone to wrong it burned thecriminal from the inside out and caused a excruciating death. Now that soundslike cruel and unusual punishment to me. The Death penalty in in moral andshould be illegal.