The death penalty is an ineffective method of punishment for criminals because it is not ethical, it does not stop crime, and innocents could be killed. Firstly and most obviously, the death penalty is wrong and unethical. Lethal injection is the type of punishment most used today, goes against the constitution, and is incredibly cruel. While it is perhaps less cruel than older forms of execution, such as the electric chair, it is still very unconstitutional. In an article about lethal injection, the author states,“The current use of lethal injections constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, which is prohibited by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution” (Lethal Injection).
According to “Study: 88% of criminologists do not believe the death penalty is an effective deterrent” in 2008 88.2% of criminologists surveyed did not believe that the death penalty is effective. This is technically proven since states with a death penalty have a higher murder rate then ones without one. Executions might have worked as a deterrent when people were hung publicly, had their heads removed, shot down by firing squad, and even when done using the electric chair. The big problem with all of these is also what made them genuinely effective, the brutality. Now we administer a humane drug cocktail.
The death penalty is similar to release towards criminals, if somebody does something illegal, it could result in the death penalty. The death penalty and release are the most similar techniques in The Giver and the real world. The death penalty is never compassionate towards the person dying, because they have to die, because of bad decisions. I have personally never had to put down a pet. I could imagine that it would be hard to let them go, but happy for them to end their suffering.
Walter McMillan suffered due to the perjury of witnesses, whom law enforcement coerced to provide false testimonies placing McMillan at the scene of a murder. Similar situations could be prevented by only placing a person on death row if there exists irrefutable, incriminating evidence, such as DNA evidence or camera footage. The use of DNA analysis in modern day death penalty cases has almost nullified the chance that an innocent person is put on death row, as such evidence or the lack thereof guards an innocent defendant against perjury (Bradbury, "The Death Penalty Affirms the Sanctity of Life"). The tragic story of McMillan also indicates the biased perception of the local courts that condemned him; he had already been framed as a vicious murderer by the media and, at that time, was predisposed to a conviction of capital punishment simply by being a black man in Alabama. However, today’s review of capital punishment cases by both state and federal courts makes such a bias highly unlikely.
The crimes that obtain the death penalty mostly consist of murder which include murder during a kidnapping, murder for hire, drug-related drive by shooting, and genocide. However, the crimes can also consist of other capital offenses, such as espionage, treason, and death resulting from aircraft hijacking. The United States of America is still practicing the death penalty, but not without controversy such as its soaring price, its decrease of use, and its Constitutional right. The cost of using the death penalty is excruciatingly immense and is continuing to surge. In his testimony to the Nebraska Legislature, Dieter states, “ In 1988, the Sacramento Bee found that the death penalty cost California $90 million annually beyond the ordinary expenses of the justice system, of which $78 million was incurred at the trial level.
(“10 Critical Pros And Cons Of Illegal Immigration” ). The number of immigrants that do not pay their taxes is too limited for it to be considered a burden to our economy. Most of them also do not even receive back their taxes, they just pay them. The cost of deporting all of them would be too immense. There are millions of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.A., it would be almost impossible to deport every single one of them.
Prejean presents her case against capital punishment citing “killing is wrong, no matter who does it” and that personal responsibility is the only appropriate punishment for these “monsters” (Dead Man Walking). While Prejean argues this, Van Den Haag counters with “the criminal volunteered to assume the risk of receiving a legal punishment” and “the punishment he suffers is the punishment he voluntarily risks” (Van Den Haag 3). But through
Depending on the outcome of the procedures, the population of a country are encouraged to participate is either criminal or noncriminal activities depending on the outcome of these trials. In this case, Timothy and his friends were taken away from the community for the safety and preference f the many after breaking the laws of the United States. Moreover, the theory of criminal justice states that sinners and lawbreakers should be punished according to which was the case of the Oklahoma bombing. After breaking capital offense of first-degree murder, Timothy was punished by being sentenced to death. His friends Michael and Terry were sentenced to imprisonment after withholding information which would have saved the lives of the deceased.
Yes, the man did mess up from the mistake, but Davis will live and learn from it. The man can no longer use the website so it doesn’t matter. David has no nore ways to contact females. Although the death penalty is uses as a punishment to show people how big a situation is, the death penalty should be banned in the United States. One Reason why the death penalty should be banned is because Capital Punishment is decreasing, let it be.
The cost of the death penalty is ridiculous. Mainly the death penalty is against colored. The cost of the death penalty is far more expensive than the criminals that are in jail for life. Death of innocent people is caused by the death penalty, the government has mistakenly killed several people because they didn’t find enough evidence to prove innocent but after the death of the victim the government notice they had killed wrong, could you bring the dead back? Do people really deserve to die?
Using the taxpayer’s money to keep a prisoner in a special system is not good for anyone. The death penalty is not good at deterring criminals, unlike having life in prison. California should change their death penalty system to cut the billions of dollars going to keep prisoners on death row. Works Cited “End the death penalty in California.” New York Times 5 Nov. 2012: A28(L). Opposing Viewpoints in Context.