Capital Punishment Is An Intolerable Denial Of Civil Liberties

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Some other factors that play into the con side of the death penalty include the fact that killing the offender does not always relieve suffering of the victims’ families or bring them closure. Also, due to long waits on death row, prisoners are essentially serving both a life and death sentence which some would argue is inhumane treatment. We also cannot forget that the death penalty may glorify prisoners and make them martyrs in the eyes of their supporters and could create a copy-cat effect. (Stearman, 2008, p.22)
Capital punishment is an intolerable denial of civil liberties, and is inconsistent with the fundamental values of our democratic system. (Stearman, 2008, p.44) This could result in a more violent and less compassionate society which could be viewed as one of the biggest disadvantages of the death penalty. So the bigger questions is, are we as a society willing to allow our civil liberties to be infringed upon just to see a few people be served justice in the way that some of our society sees fit?
The death penalty has come a long way since its inception, however some would say we still have a long way to go. The death penalty has been carried out a number of ways over the years including execution by fire, stoning, beheading, hanging, and slow and prolonged torture. (Stearman, 2008, p.24) Traditionally executions were carried out in public forums allowing the death penalty to be a live spectator event. We started to move away from these public executions in…

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