Capital Punishment: To Be Or Not To Be?

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Capital Punishment: To Be or Not To Be? “I don 't agree with capital punishment as it is now, because too often mistakes are made. But I think that if you eliminate the mistakes, then there are times when it is justified”, was a quote by Jeff Lindsay which is hard to disagree with. Capital punishment is legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime. Such crimes are called capital offenses, some of which include intentionally killing a person, inflicting serious bodily injury of a person that results in death, and intentionally engaging in an act of violence that knowing it could create a grave risk of death to a person (Cromie). A felony is a serious crime to which the punishment can be either a long prison sentence or …show more content…
While others say it send a very powerful moral message. It is argued to be “an eye for an eye” and it helps to console families the victims’ families (Should the Death). An eye for an eye is a principle that a person who has injured another person is penalized to a similar degree, or in softer interpretations, the victim receives the value of the injury in compensation. Also it is debated whether murderers forfeit their rights, including their right to live, at the time of committing the heinous crime, for a punishment that better fits the crime committed (Capital Punishment)(Death Penalty). Moral displeasure is an appropriate response to inherently wrongful conduct (Muhlhausen). Another important part of the great debate about capital punishment is whether or not that the death penalty deters crime or if it is just too …show more content…
DNA testing technology has improved and is now proving the wrongly convicted free (Capital Punishment). DNA is a key point for proving their innocence. Deoxyribonucleic, or better known as DNA, programs the cells of an individual, no two people have the same (DNA Evidence). Due to more improvements in technology, less people are to be wrongfully convicted overall (Capital Punishment). There is no flaw, except that the lives of the innocent are being saved, and helps to find the real one behind the crime. Everyone makes mistakes, and if there is such substantial evidence points to one, then he/she is normally convicted, even though he/she might not be the person who committed the crime. Such testing is inexpensive and the wrongly convicted and/or any convicted would get a chance at exoneration (DNA Evidence). Capital punishments main points of the controversy show that the death penalty is not as bad as some make it out to

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