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.
Challenging Michael Summers is H. Lee Sarokin as he says "In my view deterrence plays no part whatsoever…Statistics demonstrate that states without the death penalty have consistently lower murder rates than states with it, but frankly I think those statistics are immaterial and coincidental. Fear of the death penalty may cause a few to hesitate, but certainly not enough to keep it in force..." (H. Lee Sarokin, 2011). H. Lee Sarokin actually suggests that the statistics showing the death penalty is an effective deterrent are fundamentally irrelevant and accidental. He also brings up the point that fear of the death penalty will only cause few to worry about committing crimes but the rest will more or less commit the crimes without thinking
There are a number of practical arguments made for the death penalty. Because the death penalty is such a powerful construct, many argue that it decreases crime rates through deterrence. While many believe that the death penalty is more of a deterrent than a lengthy prison sentence, the very concept of ‘deterrence’ is argued by many as inapplicable to criminal psychology, especially if mental illness is involved. Criminals rarely think about the consequences of their actions and this is especially true with crimes of passion. By killing felons, the death penalty removes the burden of housing them within the penitentiary system.
Torturing a person to death is surely worse than killing but not all tortures entail killing. Both acts disrupt the normal conduct of human life. During the period of torture, the victim experience extreme pain (mental or physical or both) and there is an imbalance of power relation between the torturer and victim as the latter is utterly powerless. The severe suffering and the loss of autonomy experienced by the victim, he would seemingly rather be dead than being tortured. Moreover a dead person has no autonomy, so if torturing strips the victim’s freedom, there is little difference between being tortured and death.
In this article “Euthanasia Distorts the Meaning of Mercy”, it is mentioned That “The fact that the state of Oregon will not properly fund out personal-attendant services yet will pay for us to die: amounts to nothing less than cultural genocide” (chun 4). Chun also ironically states that “Oregon’s vote for doctor-assisted suicide was a deadly mistake.” (Chun 7). Euthanasia is being used as a quick fix to someone else 's suffering. Bill Muehlenberg states “crucial difference between taking a life intentionally and allowing a death naturally. The fact is homicide and the second is natural death” (Muehlenberg 2).
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,
The arousal theory also had a huge impact on Miklo. For instance, when he was taking over for Montana and he heard that one of the “BGA” members killed him, he went insane. His aggression towards the “BGA” group was intolerable because “La Onda” killed basically all of the members who were also in the prison with him. On the other hand, Cruz was really affected because he lost his brother to a drug overdose. Cruz blamed himself for his brothers loss and began drinking and doing more
Others declare capital punishment should be abolished because of its inhumanity, its opposition to mercy, and the Church is against it. The death sentence is strongly inhumane. It is very cruel of one to take the life of another, whether with an explanation or not. For justification of a crime, it is not needed to spare another life, the life of the offender. Any reason, whether great or small should not be valid enough to result in the ending of a life.
The American Bar Association, has strong convictions against the death penalty. Their reasoning is because an individual’s life could be affected by ignorance of an attorney or neglect of proper counseling. (“The Litigation Process of Capital Defendants is Unfair”) This concept is very straight and forward, since a defendant may not receive the proper litigation from an attorney, and their life, the defendant’s, is in jeopardy, this causes a large amount of unhappiness, along with physical and emotional pain and anguish. This pain and unhappiness, again directly goes against the ideas of principle of utility. Within the legal realm of the death penalty one clear proponent against the concept, the
In my opinion, these capital crimes should be limited to certain crimes such as treason, murder, rape, etc. Just to review, Thomas Jefferson tried to do the same by limiting capital punishment to just treason, but was unsuccessful. I agree with him a little bit. I would limited the different kinds of crimes to a smaller amount due to being a total amount of 2,817 waiting on death row as of January 2018 (Death Row Prisoners by State, January 22, 2018). Many also seem to argue that capital punishment is a waste of taxpayer funds and has no public safety benefit.