Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty Essay

1122 Words Oct 26th, 2014 null Page
In discussions of capital punishment, one controversial issue has been whether or not the death penalty benefits the states that enforce capital punishment. On the one hand, those who oppose the death penalty argues that capital punishment is inhumane and should not be used to end someone’s life. On the other hand, those in favor of capital punishment firmly believe that the death penalty is the only way to make the world just. My own view is: the death penalty gives life value and justice; it helps reduce prison crowding, and ensures public safety. Americans today tend to believe that the death penalty is inhumane and if the government kills someone they are decreasing the value of life. However, such accusations are simply not true. Edward I. Koch, an active body in Democratic politics and a former mayor of New York City states, “Life is indeed precious, and I believe the death penalty helps to affirm this fact” (Koch 127). I utterly agree with Koch’s statement. When another human’s life is taken for no reason and the government does nothing that is when the value of life is truly being decreased. The government has to take action when an innocent person’s life is taken. If they don’t then the government is claiming that the murderer’s life is more valuable than the victim’s life. Think about it, someone you loved was murdered and the scum who committed the crime got away with it. Would you feel like the value of your loved one’s life was diminished because the…

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