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.
Personally, I do not think that a person shall be sentenced to death regardless of how bad the crime is. The government is not morally fit to make the decision to take someones’ life away, but they can put the person in prison if the judge is convinced the person did the crime. The decisions being made are not always going to be correct. What if the person being accused is totally innocent and they have already served plenty years in prison? Should there be reparations for the person who was wrongfully accused?
Knives and other cutting instruments are dangerous too. Knives and other cutting instruments were used to kill 280 people in California, 175 people in Texas, and 130 people in New York (FBI: UCR, 2016). So, should we also ban knives? Getting rid of guns will not get rid of Crime. So, if we did away with all guns and knives there should be no Murder in the United States.
However, Espionage and treason neither are brutal or violent and are considered a death penalty offense. Since 1976, there has been roaring debates over whether capital punishment should be abolished. Currently, there are 31 states that uphold the death penalty. Not all 31 States actively seek the death penalty. Some of those states have not tried a death penalty case
After experiencing confinement some inmates suffer from negative mental health effects that can possibly lead to suicide. Solitary confinement should be abolished all across the United States because of the severe negative effects it has on prisoners. A negative effect of solitary confinement that can occur is that a prisoner can become depressed and suicidal. In a popular case in New York, a sixteen year old boy named Kalief Browder, spent over three years on Rikers Island without being convicted of a crime. After he was arrested in 2010, he spent more than 1,000 days in Rikers waiting for a trial that was never given to him.
So, in such instances when a person has no will to live, the loss of life penalty does not deter them in any respect. If we are seeing that the death penalty is not running a roadblock to people committing crimes, then what is the purpose of it. A better deterrent is wanted which might make the offender less likely to give in to a life of crime. If this type of deterrent become observed then criminals could have second thoughts of committing the crime due to the fact they could think that they may get caught. Criminals who plan their crimes very cautiously, might not be deterred with the aid of the death sentence because they might trust that they might not be
Giving sentenced defendants the option to die counter the thought of it being a murder and closer towards assisted suicide. Some people believe that a life sentence is worse than the death penalty, since it prevents the defendant from being considered a human being. Likewise Andy Martin says in his article, “In my imaginary trial of the future, the judge will not be “sentencing” at all. Or rather she will be uttering a sentence, but it is not a declarative assertion. There is no “the prisoner will be taken hence and thence conveyed etc.” It is an interrogative.
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
Consider that when A stabbed B he did so under a delusion that he was in fact fighting with a monster of fictional sorts, and that this said delusion was caused by a mental disorder. Though A’s act was voluntary, through no fault of his own he did not understand the reality what he was doing. It would therefore be very harsh to find A culpable for B’s death. So A has proven himself to be a danger to others and will need expert treatment before being allowed to return to society. The law deals with these situations by treating insane offenders as patients who bear no criminal responsibility for their actions, but who must go under medical care if medical experts think it is necessary.
The death penalty is a cruel punishment meant for monstrous criminals, but what if that criminal had an illness that they were not responsible for. First, the Eighth Amendment forbids the execution of mentally retarded and juveniles, but states nothing about the mentally ill (Benza). Next, the execution of the mentally ill serves no justice for either of the families involved. Also, through the years there have been several mentally ill inmates that have been executed, and showed signs of severe mental illness years before their crime (Greenhouse). Therefore, mentally ill inmates should not receive the death penalty, because the affects of the illness are uncontrollable and the death penalty brings no fairness to either of the families involved
There will be some individuals who stand behind it, some who do not, and some who prefer other options like solitary confinement. Sentencing one to death out of fear of what they might be or what they could become is not a reason to end someone’s life. Those who are on death row have to spend days, months, or even years waiting; waiting to hear if might be released or if their execution date has been set. If an individual has committed such a barbaric crime, the court should not stoop to their level and commit murder. Outsiders, who have never stepped a foot in prison, do not know what it is like.
In the month of November in 2013, Austin Sigg was sentenced to life and an additional 86 years in prison for murdering 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway. As he faced justice through the court system, advocates unnecessarily argued that he was only a child and too young to serve as an adult. To show that an individual’s age should not be used as an excuse to justify their actions, Weir states “Some juveniles commit crimes so serious, so heinous, that public safety mandates — and justice demands — full accountability in our criminal justice system. There are those who argue this is unfair and unjust. They say the juvenile brain is not fully developed until well into the
The criminals who think they can get away with their crimes, also think that they will not be executed if convicted. The way to stop people from committing horrific acts is to not say how bad the punishment will be, but to have a more effective police force laying down the
Terry Blair The name of the serial killer I chose is Terry Blair Terry Blair was born September 16, 1961. He is in prison for life with no possibility for parole. Blair was born in Kansas City, Missouri. Terry Blair was the fourth child in a family of ten siblings. I have found no information about his father, but his mother Janice Blair only finished 9th grade and is believed to suffer from a psychological disorder.
But Dustin is a human being. Yes, he should’ve acted differently, although we don’t know what goes on in someone’s head when they see something so crazy happen so fast. How would it feel to see someone you are so close to kill someone you just met? I wouldn’t believe it or know what to do. As I’ve said before Dustin isn’t completely innocent but the charges he has aren’t accurate especially compared to Billy since he has less than Dustin even after admitting to being guilty of murder.