Essay on Capital Punishment Should Not Be Legal

703 Words May 1st, 2016 3 Pages
Capital punishment has been a debated issue for many years and is commonly thought to be only sought out upon by extremists. The death penalty has been extremely problematic and widely disputed issue for centuries. Since the start of civilization, individuals who commit a criminal act have been subjected to capital punishment. The punishment itself is carried out in the most humane way possible; thusly, the issue is whether the citizens accept it as a sensible punishment. The citizens criticize the governmental bodies that partake in the non-moral act. Even though over time capital punishment has become, to a greater extent, less gruesome. This form of punishment has evolved from beheadings to the electric chair, and now lethal injection. A couple of common supporting arguments that death penalty commentators often voice is that it saves money, lives, and is a just cause from a moral standpoint. Subsequently, this leads to the benefits of the death penalty outweighing the negative counterparts.
One of the main arguments that supporters of the death penalty make is that it would decrease the inmate populations. This would help the criminal inmate overcrowding problem that the country currently faces. An article that supports the death penalty provides the statistics that “over the course of a year, 13.5 million people spend time in jail or prison, and 95% of them eventually return to our communities.” (9). This statistic serves to prove that numerous individuals are being…

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