Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

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The Death Penalty The death penalty has been, and still is, one of the most discussed topics in the United States. Its opponents argue it to be an unnecessary and violent punishment because it seems no less barbaric than the crime, as well as it is sometimes not believed to serve its purpose as a deterrent. However, there is a fundamental difference between the loss of an innocent life and the execution of a criminal in accordance with the law. Death penalty might not be the most ideal solution, but abolishing it would put in danger the lives of many innocent and law-abiding citizens. Not only has the death penalty proven to be constitutional, cost effective, ethically correct deterrent of future murders, but it also is a punishment that fits the crime. First of all, the abolitionists argue that the death penalty is actually illegal or unconstitutional (Eckholm & Schwartz, 2014) because it violates the 8th Amendment’s ban against cruel and unusual punishments. But in fact, the Constitution sanctions the death penalty in several contexts. The 5th Amendment states that “no one shall deprive you of your life, unless you are properly judged and convicted in a due process of law” (Cornell University, n.d). This means that the State actually has the right to put you up for capital punishment after you have been properly sent to trial. Moreover, the Supreme Court has ruled that the death penalty is not per se a violation of the 8th Amendment, although it shapes some procedural
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