The death penalty is a precedent set centuries ago as a method of punishment for severe crimes. In 1923, the state of Texas declared that those sentenced to death were to suffer through the electric chair by the hands of the state, instead of being hanged by the hands of the counties (TX Executions). Later on, Texas would adopt the lethal injection method. Many see the death penalty as an inhumane violation of the basic rights defined in the Bill of Rights. On the other hand, others may argue that it is unpractical to abolish the death penalty due to the voidance of justice.
Every year there are tens of thousands of murders, and yet only about 300 murderers are sentenced to death. The death penalty is a permanent action, that is taken against those who are convicted of murder. There is a saying that goes “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth”. This saying seems fair and is generally agreeable, yet why is there so much talk and commotion about abolishing the death penalty? If murderers deserve to die, then shouldn’t they be sentenced to the death penalty?
“The opposite of poverty is not wealth, the opposite of poverty is justice,” quoted from Bryan Stevenson himself. The enlightening autobiography, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson takes you through his time as a defense attorney for people on death row. With years of experience Stevenson has saved numerous lives on death row including his most famous case of Walter McMillian. Just Mercy life-changing book that vividly paints a picture of the corruption in the judicial system today. To best explain how Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson can alter one’s life a summary of the text, an analysis of the text, and why you should read it will be provided.
Texas is a state where capital punishment is legal and enforced regularly. Actually, what we usually call “first degree murder” is not called that way in Texas, but “capital murder” as premeditated murder is the crime that can lead you to a death sentence. That does not mean it always does, but at least it leads to a very heavy prison sentence, normally life imprisonment. Tim Cole, said the verdict was a complete and utmost blow. "It was a case that was not the strongest on the evidence, it was a circumstantial case (…) so we were pleased that we got the conviction, but not so happy with the punishment the jury assessed."
he death penalty deters criminals and makes them think twice. This would happen because if they do something really horrible they won’t do it the first place.According to “Death Penalty Focus : Innocent and Condemned to Die: The Story of Greg Wilhoit” “A second trial was held in 1993, but after the prosecution presented their case (without the bite mark evidence) the judge issued a directed verdict of innocence and Greg was cleared of all charges. (Condemned 2016)This means that the trial had second thoughts that helped Greg win the trial.The article “Capital Punishment” claims that “ President Bill Clinton signs the Violent crime control and Law enforcement act that expands the federal death penalty to 60 crimes including 3 that don’t involve
2 In recent years, mandatory sentencing laws have been introduced in NSW. Alcohol related violence mandatory sentence was introduced by the NSW government On 21 January 2014. This was introduced because of the amount of one-punch hits while intoxicated. Teens such as Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie have been killed because intoxicated people for no reason hit them. In 2011 the government passed a bill for mandatory sentence for the murder of police officers this stated life imprisonment would occur to the murderer.
We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”. President Obama also uses examples that show how we put effort into on other things that kill but not guns, “When Americans are killed in mine disasters, we work to make mines safer. When Americans are killed in floods and hurricanes, we make communities safer. When roads are unsafe, we fix them to reduce auto fatalities. We have seatbelt laws because we know it saves lives.
In the case of James Blake Colburn, another paranoid schizophrenic, the man was sentenced to death for murder despite the prosecutor knowing his mental health state (Yardley). Overall, approximately 5-10% of death row criminals have a severe mental illness, despite laws like GBMI meant to protect them (“Mentally Ill Offenders Should Not Be Executed”). In most cases, the verdicts are overlooked or ignored. However, the problem does not stop there; mentally ill rarely obtain
Death Penalty According to the 2010 Gallup Poll, 64% of the United State of America are supporting the death penalty, I as an American am part of that 36% that is against it. I do not believe that we as human being should determine whether another person should live or die. A second reason that I am against the death penalty is for the reason that the accused person could be innocent and normally the accused person only has one court presentation and is only judged by the judge not a jury of their peer, and is sent to death row where they pay for a crime that they haven’t done. My final reason that i do not believe that the death penalty should count as a punishment for the American people is because, a person that has done a massive massacre shouldn’t just be able to leave the world just like that without paying and suffering for what they have done, Or should the death punishment continue as it is for it has a great benefit to us as citizens of the United States. Will you stand with us or against us?
As mentioned in Understanding Social Problems, “In 2014, 22 countries carried out 607 executions excluding the thousands of people who are thought to have been executed in China (Mooney, 133). The Supreme Court of the United States of America believes that capital punishment is lawful. I agree with the Supreme Court, but only to an extent because sometimes capital punishment is justified and sometimes it is not. I believe capital punishment is constitutional in some instances, because if someone commits a crime where other people are harmed or killed with malicious intent should be considered for the capital punishment. Crimes such as terrorism, mass killings, or using a weapon of mass destruction to harm people.
Very few criminals really get deterred by the death penalty. A Bristol prison chaplain says that, “...out of 167 condemned criminals whom he had interviewed, only three had not witnessed an execution” (Weil 2013). The criminals sentenced to death row were not deterred by the death penalty, even though almost all of them have witnessed a hanging. Capital punishment is not an effective way to deter criminals, since the prospect of spending one’s entire life behind bars sounds even worse. The criminals who think they can get away with their crimes, also think that they will not be executed if convicted.
This includes death, even if there are many reasons as to why so many people support the death penalty. Canada has had its share of mass murderers and serial killers. These criminals take the lives of multiple people yet if they are found guilty, they have the right to stay alive and only have to serve a minimum of 25 years in prison. Should someone who has killed three,
Ethical subjectivism, also known as moral subjectivism, is a philosophical theory. This approach supports euthanasia in the sense of allowing the truth and rights of an individual to remain at a different level. Ethical subjectivism is a theory that suggests that moral truths are determined at an individual level, therefore making it your reality. Euthanasia is the painless killing of an aggressively tormented dying patient. I believe that euthanasia must be legal, and I agree with the whole logic and the procedure.