Capital Punishment : The Death Penalty Essay

1692 Words Nov 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Capital punishment results in death by execution. Capital punishment is legalized in 31 states and abolished in 19 states (Death Penalty Information Center). I believe the death penalty should be legal in all 50 of the United states in the form of first degree murder. First degree murder is In order for someone to be found guilty of first degree murder the government must prove that the person killed another person; the person killed the other person with malice aforethought; and the killing was premeditated.To kill with malice aforethought means to kill either deliberately and intentionally or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life (lectlaw.com). There are many reasons as to why I believe the death penalty should be legal in all 50 of the United States. Theses reasons include closure, morality and deterrence. Due to opposing arguments and points not holding up, the ideas I will refute include the death penalty being unconstitutional and irrevocable mistakes being made. The use of capital punishment gives closure to the victim’s family after justice is served. When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. “Unless that balance is restored, society succumbs to a rule of violence. Only the taking of the murderer’s life restores the balance and allows society to show convincingly that murder is an intolerable crime which will be punished in kind.” (“Retribution (In Support of the Death Penalty)”). “Deserved punishment protects society morally by…

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