But are we in the future to be prevented from inflicting these punishments because they are cruel? If a more lenient mode of correcting vice and deterring others from the commission of it would be invented, it would be very prudent in the Legislature to adopt it; but until we have some security that this will be done, we ought not to be restrained from making necessary laws by any declaration of this kind’ “ (Bomboy). In other words, Livermore was arguing that all citizens who commit horrible crime do deserve severe punishments for the crimes that they commit, and until the government figures out a way to place restrictions and guidelines on the penalties that we believe are morally proper to give, then they cannot hold back from reprimanding those citizens. Consequently, The Founding Fathers created the Eighth Amendment to be intended for further generations to interpret the meaning of “cruel” and “unusual” over time (Donnell). The amendment was then ratified in 1791 nevertheless, the Eighth Amendment and the death penalty is still highly debated today because the differences in interpretations
Not only for the criminal, but for the executioner. This has been a long issue over many years. Hanging was the way to execute a criminal starting in the 1800‘s then there was the gas chamber, firing squad, electrocution, and lethal injection. Over the years they keep chaning due to the inhumanity of each of them. The effect they have on the
Abolitionists disagree, stating the punishment is too harsh to serve justice, and it will not deter the committing of heinous crimes. The scriptures of the world's major religions seem to agree with, "an eye for an eye," advocates while at the same time concurring with abolitionists that, the death penalty--no matter the circumstances--is an immoral punishment. From these opposing views, we must conclude that scriptures were written by human beings, some accepting, others rejecting capital punishment. Therefore, it isn't possible to go to religious writings to find an answer acceptable to everyone. In searching for solutions, however, we should look at the Oklahoma City bomber's (Timothy McVeigh)
Served as an important criminal law, the death penalty continued to be used for a long time. It was undoubtedly believed that the death penalty had promoted the human civilization a lot. However, with time going by and the society progressing, the death penalty seemed to be too much cruel. ‘Pressed under weights; boiled to death in oil; burnt with red-hot pincers and then torn limb from limb by horses; hanged, drawn, and quartered; or drowned’, these are what still existed in European countries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Hood & Hoyle 11). ‘Death by a thousand cuts’ was another cold-blooded sentence to the prisoner in China (Hood & Hoyle p11).
What can really deter crime? Right now the closest thing next to death penalty would be life imprisonment. Some prisoners actually prefer death penalty rather than life imprisonment because in case of life imprisonment they will have to suffer and wait until they die but in case of death penalty, the law is just making it easier for them and ending their problems right there. Our world needs something better than death penalty because death penalty lowers us, it brings out the worst in us as a human being, it doesn’t help to deter crime at all, it doesn’t elevate our society in any way, it will never bring back someone’s life and it has killed many innocent people already. If the justice system is trying to stop others from killing then they shouldn’t partake in the same killing process by executing someone.
Critics may disagree and say that it would go against the Constitution saying that there shall be no cruel or unusual punishment. The ability to handle out the death penalty should be available to penalize the felons with the most serious of charges. The death penalty would bring peace to victims' family, bring about justice and further prevent future crimes. I would be the prosecutor that comes out with justice in my hands. About every minute you can count on
Ximena Sorcia Mrs. Smith English Honors 11 March 2016 Unfairness in our court cases There is many injustices in this world, but nothing compares it to killing innocent people just because of their race. Authorities must enforce “the public codes…[to] individuals” in criminal cases (advertisement). The moral thing to do in criminal cases is to “bring... charges against the person alleged to have committed [a] crime”with evidence to prove that he/she either did or did not enacted a crime (advertisement). However in the trial of the scottsboro boys and the murder of emmett till, this was not offered. Therefore there is no such thing as a fair trial, since during the Jim Crow era, many african american didn’t receive justice.
Angela Davis Once said “Well for one, The 13th Amendment to the constitution of the U.S. which abolished slavery, did not abolish slavery for those convicted of a crime.” Although the amendment was desperately needed it made more problems for the U.S.The thirteenth amendment was about abolishing slavery. Many people had different opinions about this amendment. The amendment affected our nation dramatically. The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution says that, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." One of America's most horrific sin’s that we are not proud of is Slavery.
There is no “the prisoner will be taken hence and thence conveyed etc.” It is an interrogative. There is a question mark at the end. The future remains open. And thus the dignity of convicted felons is retained”. Seemingly, others believe that it’s inhuman to voluntarily kill another person, and until we as a society can decide which is the morally correct option, nothing can be accomplished.
Capital Punishment violates the 8th amendment, it is labeled as cruel and unusual punishment. Capital punishment also violates the constitutional guarantee of equal protection, by putting you in a building where anything can happen for the time being. Capital punishment does not protect the felon but only the victim and the citizens. The felon would be more protected in prison or jail rather than Death Row. After the fact of the felony, all the felons rights are stripped away.