Capital Punishment in the USA
|History of capital punishment||4|
|Death penalty today||5|
|Modern methods of execution in the US||6|
|Arguments against the death penalty (Cons)||9|
|Arguments for the death penalty (Pros)||11|
|List of terms||17|
13. An Eye for an Eye
Some people argue that the capital punishment tends to brutalize and disregards society. Do you agree? Some people say that penalty is legalized murder because it is like “an eye for an eye”. The difference between punishment and the crime is that one is legalized and the other is not! People are more brutalized by what they see on T.V. daily. People are not brutalized by punishments; they are brutalized by the failure to seriously punish the brutal acts.
Could the same effect be achieved by putting the criminal in prison for life? “Life in prison” means in six months the parole board can release the man to 12 years in some states. “But even if it were real life imprisonment, its deterrent effect will never be as great as that of the death penalty. The death penalty is the only actually irrevocable penalty. Because of that, it is the one that people fear the most ‘(Isenberg, I., 1977).
My research is on issues on the death penalty that is one of the most debatable in the criminal justice system. Today, there are many pros and cons to this death penalty issues. However, if people weigh the arguments properly, and have empathy for the victims, they will be more inclined to favor capital punishment. As a matter of fact, most people in the U.S. today are in favor of it. As you may have read in the arguments, the death penalty helps to curtail future murderers, thus, we can save more lives. The chances of murdering an innocent man are very small.
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