Capital Punishment Essay: The Threat Of The Death Penalty

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When did witnessing the good in others become a challenge that has lead death to become the only viable answer? The goal of a punishment is to learn and grow, yet the United States government and citizen believe death is an acceptable consequence. The death penalty, also known as capital punishment, is the process by which convicted criminals are executed by a governing authority (Issitt1). The threat of the death penalty is prevalent when a person is convicted of treason, terrorism, murder, drug trafficking, and much more varying in each state. Those put on death row, which is an area of a prison where criminals convicted of crimes warranting the death penalty await execution are executed through lethal injection (Issitt1). The executed individuals …show more content…
The death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment because it gives the government a license to kill; it is absolute, and causes mental torment. Capital punishment allows the government to kill others without any consequences themselves. If the government’s perception is that murder is wrong, and the convicted felon treacherous act is unforgivable than how can they then set a date and chose to execute the convicted felon without any consequences themselves? “The ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ mentality underlying the death penalty is a prescription for vengeance, not justice, and has been rejected by most civilized nation” (Ballaro1). The past timelessly shows ignorance as validation to harm others. “… America’s continuing taste for vengeance betrays justice at home and belies our traditional role in the world as a beacon of reason, compassion, and human dignity” (Ballaro1). There has been no factual truth that a person has returned from death. Death is the end of a life force; it should be respected and honored by the government. Over the years, society’s respect for the dead has lesson. Instead of understanding and compassion there is conditional sympathy. A convict on death row mentally disintegrates and not one person blink’s his or her eyes. “It is an act of unutterable cruelty to hold an individual in prison and to inform him that he will be put to death on a specified date. To perceive the death penalty in this …show more content…
It is a known fact that humans make mistakes. Lawyers, doctors, and parents are not perfect, yet there is an abundant amount of faith placed in those highly respected individuals. Winning a criminal case is unknown, surviving surgery is unknown, raising a functional child is unknown, and criminals going back to his or her old ways are unknown. Ultimately, the future is unknown. Government should not make a punishment permanent if the future of an individual is unknown. Society put in place probation as second chance ,yet those put on death row do not get this chance this given right. “Probation matters because of its role in creating a humane justice system. At probation 's core is a value base which unites the profession and has been sustained through political change” (Hall 1). Love, compassion, and optimism are qualities that should be shown within our criminal systems. The pessimistic, unsympathetic, coldness in our criminal justice system resembles the qualities in guilty convicted felons. It is known that people change and grow. Frank Abagnale was a convicted felon who later became an FBI employee in cyber-security (Rash 1). At the young age of 16 to 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in every state and 26 foreign countries (Scafuri 1). Frank served

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