The reform people have thought of is to narrow the range of offenses that qualify for a sentence of death. He uses the words “This looks promising at first” already insinuating it will not work because of the changing arbitrary there is when sentencing someone. He makes a comparison of people in death row and the prisoners in the general prison population being equal, only difference is one is placed on death row, spending taxpayer money and the other is waiting to die in prison with no help from taxpayers money, so basically a certain death row but for free. He expresses that the death row is for people who deem it to be necessary in order to promote social vengeance. This can make a reader feel like they are buying into societal norms, and that it is not okay with humans doing such thing since it is not always right.
Henry Louis Mencken argues the two most commonly heard arguments against capital punishment in his essay “The Penalty of Death”. Mencken believes that the death penalty is a form of “katharsis” for the immediate victims of the crime. Katharsis being a release of healthy steam. He states that criminal punishment is not solely for deterring other criminals of similar crime, but to give a peace of mind to the society that has been wronged. Mencken also argues the complaint of “that of a hangman is a dreadful business” (463).
In Henry Louis Menken’s essay “The Penalty of Death,” he refutes two of the most commonly heard arguments against capital punishment. He believes that capital punishment is justified, it’s not for revenge but for, as he puts it “Katharsis” for the immediate victim and the moral of others. Katharsis meaning the process of releasing strong emotions. For the argument that executing a criminal is degrading for those who have to act upon it or the viewer; his rebuttal is that “the work of a hang man is unpleasant” (464) but it’s a necessary job furthermore he has heard no complaint from a “hangman” additionally some are delighted about the custom and practice proudly. The second argument is the that death penalty is useless because it does not deter
Rather than being sentenced to the death penalty, more criminals should be sent to reformatories because reformatories build criminals up instead of tearing them down, capital punishment is strongly opposed by the religion and values of many people, and the process of applying the death penalty is often racist and contains several fatal mistakes. First, more criminals should be sent to reformatories instead of being executed because reformatories help criminals become better people. Reformatories can keep criminals from doing more crimes when their sentence is over and can turn their life around by keeping them positive. For example, Dwayne Betts’s description of Austin Reed, the author of a book comparing prison and slavery, explains how powerful prison is and how it can affect the rest of a prisoner’s life. Austin Reed was held in the first juvenile reformatory in the United States, the House of Refuge, wrote a book after being released from prison (Dwayne Betts, 2016).
Walter Berns about capital punishment argue that the death penalty is morally acceptable because the law should care about victims of crimes and also care to people anger 's to criminals. Berns believe that the criminals violate the law, the human dignity, and the justice of the society therefore they are responsible for their crimes and must be punished. He stresses that punishing the criminal person to death improves the people 's respect and increases their abiding for the law. Berns illustrates his point by the story of a man that commits few murder crimes and then resealed in the society and he came back on the street again. Those who disagree with Walter Berns criticize his theory that the anger is not morally
He then claims that because Europeans practice cruelty and murder by wanting to experience a superior culture rather than the tribes. Yet, it seems doubtful to him and that the cruelty Europeans shows are wrong. Montaigne concludes that all humans are described as being weak, cruel, and misjudge. But because of his experience that gains him knowledge
To begin with one of the arguments against the death penalty system is that it puts innocent lives at risk. This occurs where wrongfully accused or innocent- presumed guilty individuals are sentenced to death row. The existing stress on quicker implementations, less resources for the accused, and an increase in the number of death cases mean that the execution of the not-guilty people is unavoidable. Courts are allowing executions to occur even when not sure about the defendant 's guilt.This majorly occurs to the less privileged individuals who cannot stand up for their rights or the oppressed who cannot do anything about the position they find themselves in. The disappointing thing about this ordeal, conferring to those who are conflicting,
Behind this reasoning, if an individual had committed a murder, that person’s punishment should ultimately be death itself. Both Pojman and van den Haag truly believe that retributivism helps protect our social order, and helps by eliminating the chances of vigilante justice. All guilty individuals deserve to be punished in proportion to the severity of their crime they had committed. This states that real justice requires people to suffer for their own wrongdoings, and to suffer in a way that is appropriate for the crime. For example, if murders are sentenced to death and are executed, potential murders will double think before killing another for the fear of losing their own lives.
And again to give you an example let’s assume you are opposed to the death penalty and you feel so strongly about it, you may never vote for murder in the 1st degree because if you didn’t vote, if you don’t have a unanimous verdict as to murder in the 1st degree, you may say well fine this is murder in the 2nd degree. Now, that certainly -- let’s finish. If the evidence shows its murder in the 2nd degree or Mr. Keith should be acquitted that’s what you ought to do, that’s what you’re here for. However, we don’t want you to have an opinion for or against the death penalty. Let’s assume you hate the death penalty, you may in other words automatically vote against 1st degree murder even though the evidence were overwhelming and say, “fine I’ll never vote for 1st degree, I’m going to sit here and vote 2nd degree or acquit because I’m opposed to the death penalty.” And by speaking with -- I don’t want you to get on there and say, “Oh boy I think everybody ought to, I’m law and order” which is fine.
J.R.R Tolkien once said, “many that live deserves death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.” The death penalty should be repealed because its very stressful for those involved, it is extremely expensive, and it has convicted innocent people. One reason why the death penalty should be illegal is because it’s very stressful on those who are involved.
The proposal of issuing the death penalty in the face of hate crimes and incidents is steadily gaining popularity as well as harsher criticism against the overall humanity of capital punishment. Although some people believe it to reduce the amount of those looking to commit these felonies from the streets, those convicted of federal hate crimes should not be put to death because