Capital Punishment Of The United States Essay

754 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Capital Punishment

The use of capital punishment in the United States has been debated since the colonial period. It is an extremely opinionated topic that most people are either very strongly for, or very strongly against. Capital punishment is (in laymen’s terms) the use of the death penalty on criminals. Some argue that the death penalty is “the State exercising its right to defend itself and her citizens from the worst of the worst” (The Debate: Maintained). On the other side of the debate it is argued that “the death penalty promotes none of the purposes of criminal punishment because it neither prevents more crimes than alternative measures nor serves as a retributive purpose” (The Debate: Maintained). The fairness of the death penalty is constantly brought into question by those opposing its use in the United States. These arguments are less focused on the personal feelings and morals of those opposing capital punishment, and more focused on racial bias and “the denial of legal rights” (Issues of Fairness). It is common knowledge that in the US Judicial system “justice is blind” which means that when deciding the outcome of a case the court is to remain unaware of economic status, race, or sexuality (Price). Those arguing the death penalty state that this is not the case and that capital punishment is “administered because of racial bias, political motivations, and poor legal representation” (Issues of Fairness). Capital punishment advocates argue that there are…

Related Documents