Politics and Ethics
The Right To Kill
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the idea that a government has the ability to punish their citizens with death, it is hard to argue that our judiciary system is capable of wielding such power. The flaws that unarguably plague the US justice system make it impossible for our government to fairly distribute and regulate death as a form of punishment. Within the novel Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson outlines his time fighting for the rights of accused individuals inside and outside death row; as well as fighting against those who abuse power granted to them by the justice system. In his novel, Stevenson references Alabama judge’s ability to overrule a jury’s decision to sentence …show more content…
With guns drawn and threats that they would “blow his head off”, the officers unjustly searched his car and held him at gunpoint. Stevenson explains his immense fear of these supposed upholders of the law, and how their own racial suspicions of him could have easily led to his death. The police maintain the ability to sentence civilians to death in a heartbeat, and unfortunately are guided by racial biases to at times unjustly distribute this punishment. This ability to kill is necessary for police officers to protect the community, yet continues to be grossly misused. While this right to kill is different from a judge and jury’s right to kill, misuse by both parties supports the claim that the death penalty is too powerful to be justly distributed. While there are far more subjects to discuss regarding to this issue, I feel it necessary to state that I believe the death penalty should exist in a perfect society. I believe that certain crimes and certain situations warrant the punishment of death. However, the our society is not perfect. The justice system has failed to fairly use this punishment in far too many instances, and concludes that they cannot justly wield this
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Currently, the United States holds 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners (eji.org), which comes out to around 2.3 million inmates. 10,000 of these prisoners are children housed in adult facilities. 20,000 of these prisoners are wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit (huff post). 356,000 are seriously mentally ill (treatment advocacy). One million of these convicts are African Americans (NAACP).
Bryan Stevenson wrote the book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, in his novel he discusses multiple cases that influenced him into creating what we now know as The Equal Justice Initiative it is a group that has helped create a void in unfair sentencing. Bryan was born in Delaware in 1959, he grew up in a poor neighborhood where he witnessed a division in both social and economic class. The division of classes lead to the start of Stevenson’s journey to inform and make members of the community aware of injustices in our country. There are multiple career paths that he could have chosen that benefited his desire to bring about awareness.
Bryan Stevenson knew the perils of injustice and inequality just as well as his clients on death row. He grew up in a poor, racially segregated area in Delaware and his great-grandparents had been slaves. While he was a law student, he had interned working for clients on death row. He realized that some people were treated unfairly in the judicial system and created the Equal Justice Institute where he began to take on prisoners sentenced to death as clients since many death row prisoners had no legal representation of any kind. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson focuses on some of these true stories of injustice, mainly the case of his client, Walter McMillian.
“What is Just Mercy?” Does a thing such as “Just Mercy” exist in this world? Has the concept as such changed throughout history? “Mercy” is defined as the compassion and forgiveness toward someone who could easily be harmed by one. “Just” refers to something that is morally right and fair. From this definition stems the ideas conveyed throughout Bryan Stevenson’s memoir of morality and compassion in the Justice system.
Even though the death penalty can produce irreversible miscarriage of justice, death penalty should be allowed because it provides comfort to the victim's family, it deters crime, and you know the criminal will never hurt anyone again. Even though the death penalty can produce irreversible miscarriages of justice, Death penalty should be allowed because it provides comfort to the victim's family. Family and friends of the victims should never have to worry about parole or a slight chance of that same criminal escaping. Knowing that that one person
“Just Mercy”, by Bryan Stevenson is a book about justice and redemption. In this book you learn a lot about the system and how they treat certain cases and people. Stevenson is a lawyer who works in the Equal Justice Initiative. Which is a non-profitable legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.
Stevenson’s main goal with death row sentences are to get them re-trialed and sentenced with a lower level punishment, for he believes killing someone is inhumane. The book provides shocking data in regards to death row cases; “By the end of 1989 the number of people executed by the state would double (p68).” “Since 1976 judges in Alabama have overridden jury sentencing verdicts in capital cases 111 times. In 91 percent of these cases judges replaced life verdicts from juries with death sentences (p70).” Time and time again, we see Stevenson working hard in the fight against the court’s decision to make these statistics
Stevenson used pathos when he gives the detailed visit that he had with Henry. To get his point across the author emotionally convinces his readers by introducing Henry. While Stevenson was at the prison talking to Henry in private visitation room a very angry guard walks in and start to handcuff Henry. Full of rage the guard notifies Stevenson that he had taken two extra hours instead of one hour that he has initially requested. Stevenson can only stand helplessly and watch how “[t]he guard was shoving him toward the door roughly.
In Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, he writes to illustrate the injustices of the judicial system to its readers. To do so, Stevenson utilizes multiple writing styles that provide variety and helps keep the reader engaged in the topic. Such methods of his include the use of anecdotes from his personal experiences, statistics, and specific facts that apply to cases Stevenson had worked on as well as specific facts that pertain to particular states. The most prominent writing tool that Stevenson included in Just Mercy is the incorporation of anecdotes from cases that he himself had worked on as a nonprofit lawyer defending those who were unrightfully sentenced to die in prison.
In Bryan Stevenson’s “Just Mercy,” there is an underlying sense of hope that is seen in spurts through the constant stories of injustice and unfairness that take place. Throughout the book there are multiple people that are wrongly condemned and have to suffer on the dreaded death row. All of the inmates of the row know they will eventually be executed, but only a select few stay positive and give the reader a sense of hope in such a negative situation. Mr. Jenkins is one of those men. The mentally ill man was in and out of foster care as a child, and his terrible experiences lead to more serious brain damage.
Death Penalty Death Penalty has two sides, the pros and the cons. The death penalty is not fair to people who turn out innocent. Death Penalty is wrong, and I don 't stand by it. I am against the death penalty. I am against the Death Penalty.
Throughout the years death penalty has become less popular. The public opinion asserts that incarceration is far worse punishment than the death penalty. Death penalty is unconstitutional, everyone has the right to live. The death penalty was created as a punishment to the extreme of extreme cases, but now states are using it constantly and randomly. The death penalty has many flaws.
1. Which social problems are treated in this book? Why did they develop? Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption focuses on many social problems, including the miscarriage of justice to the poor, disabled and minorities; along with the poor living conditions in prisons, and the cruel and unusual punishment. The miscarriage of justice developed throughout our country’s history.
Over the last decades there has been a lot of controversy about rather the death penalty should be supported. The biggest controversy revolved around society questioning if the government should reserve the right to execute murders. Many argued that murder was murder regardless of who's committing it. They believed that allowing the government to execute murders was a conflict of interest because the government suggest that murder is a cruel crime so they also shouldn't be allowed to commit it because they make the rules regardless of the circumstances. Individual thats support the death penalty believe in the “eye for eye” theory which basically suggest if someone takes a life there life should also be taken from them for the crime the committed.
Death penalty is like the ‘’tooth for a tooth – eye for an eye’’ theory. Instead of acting inhuman to our fellow beings we should find a better way to solve the mind of criminals. Making the problem vanish is not a good idea. We should do psychological researching instead! I, myself have a lot of faith in humanity.