The death penalty has been a system of punishment since its establishment in 1608 when Captain George Kendall became the first recorded execution in the new colonies. As the deaths caused by the death penalty per year began to lower, the levels of controversy surrounding its use began to rise. Today the death penalty has become more of a burden than a boon to society. I believe that in its current form the death penalty is a costly, discriminatory, and cruel system that needs to be reformed. One reason the current death penalty needs to be reformed is it costly system..
Stanley “Tookie” Williams In the article , “Measure of a Man’s Life: As a Criminal” and “Measure of a Man’s Life: As a Redeemer,” the author , Leslie Fulbright, presents Stanley “Tookie” Williams gang affiliations. In “As a Criminal” Fulbright discusses Williams’ criminal activities and the victims’ Fulbright explains William’s attempts to reconcile with his past and redeem himself. Among many people, Williams seeking clemency caused controversy.
The Death Penalty, loss of life due to previous crimes and actions, is believed by some to be extremely costly, inhumane, and cruel unlike some others whom believe it is just, right, and provides closure. The Death Penalty is not a quick and easy process. Most who get sentenced to deaths row wait years for their ultimate punishment of death. Some believe that it is not right to punish and kill a human for actions they have done because, they believe that the inmate should have another chance. Then others believe that it is right to punish someone for their actions especially if their actions involve killing another or multiple humans.
It’s unfortunate that these individuals had to face this by themselves, without the proof, evidence, and validation. Capital punishment treats murders with more mercifulness and pride than the victim the murders has killed. The death penalty is the simplest method to cleanse the nation. Criminals would fear the action of government is willing to do. The act of crimes would decrease profoundly.
The death penalty is a sentence that has no use. The process has become too slow over the years to the point where some people die before they get executed. Similar to the case of Max Soffar who may have been innocent, but died of cancer before he had the chance to fight for the freedom he may have deserved(Houston Press). This also shows that the death penalty has taken and ruined the lives of innocent people. A study shows that 4% of defendants sentenced to death penalty are innocent(The Guardian).The second reason is the high number of botched executions that happen in the USA.
Because of the arguments hinted at by Truman Capote in In Cold Blood, there will always be debate on whether capital punishment should be used for certain crimes. One can never be sure if a punishment, whether as mild as jail time or as severe as the death penalty, is justified for the crime
Being on death row often prolongs the pain for the inmate. They spend their time in prison fearing the inevitable which for them is death. Today, we live in a society that is very divided on this issue. There are many in support of the death penalty, suggesting that it acts as a positive deterrent against future crime. There are also many
As it was mentioned before, some methods of death penalty are injection, electrocution, gas chamber, hanging, shooting, burning and poisoning. Out of all these ways, there is no single one that is not brutal. Even though the criminals have harmed an individual, it appears that they still should get time to reflect on their wrong actions while in prison than killing them. Because it appears that being un-humanlike towards them is acting the same way as they did. They should be given another
Over the years the death penalty has been used way more than it should, especially with African Americans. Not only were they treated unfairly in court but they were often killed by mobs of white men for ridiculous crimes. In the past juries were not unbiased.
The process is needed to ensure that the innocent men and woman are not executed for crimes they did not commit, and even if those protections the risk of executing an innocent person can not be complete eliminated. According to the reporter of working for alternative to the death penalty, in the article The High Cost of the Death Penalty, “If the death penalty was replaced with a sentence of life without the possibility of parole”, (1). Basically the reporter is stating that it will cost millions of dollars less and ensure that the public will be protected while trying to eliminating the risks of irreversible mistake with money when the money could be used on
This article discusses individual cases and crimes and gives analysis of the arguments made against death penalty in real world. Firstly it discusses the deterrence argument while going through a number of cases. The conclusion is that it has no effect on reducing homicides but ironically it breeds violence as in some cases offenders committed a capital crime in a territory where execution still prevails while they could have easily avoided it. Second thing discussed is the cost, the research in article shows that it costs significantly more money to put a convict to death than to incarcerate him for life in a prison. Moreover it is shown that in many cases criminals are executed while there are reasonable doubts in their convictions and some have avoided execution by just a few hours before being exonerated.
The death penalty is often compared to life without parole, it is evident that the capital punishment is not only effective but more humane. Many prisoners infact rather take the option of death penalty, rather than going through the death penalty. Life imprisonment is act that is also extremely dangerous and can cause high suicide rates. An example about a man who really wanted the death penalty was, Grasso. The man started off by committing murder on an elderly lady by strangling her and smashing her head against an electrical iron, although he managed to escape the crime scene.
The topic of capital punishment presents a test of values. The arguments in support of and opposition to the death penalty are complex. In the end, this is a question of an individual’s values and morals. The topic requires careful thought to reach a reasoned position. Both sides of the argument are defensible.
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.