Deat Penalty Essay

1051 Words Aug 7th, 2012 5 Pages
If... he has committed murder, he must die. In this case, there is no

substitute that will satisfy the legal requirements of legal justice. There is no

sameness of kind between death and remaining alive even under the most miserable

conditions, and consequently there is no equality between crime and the

retribution unless the criminal is judicially condemned and put to death."

Immanuel Kant.
About 2000 men, women, and teenagers currently wait on America's "Death

Row." Their time grows shorter as federal and state courts increasingly ratify

death penalty laws, allowing executions to proceed at an accelerated rate. It's

unlikely that any of these executions will make the front page, having become

more and more a
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But if, in fact, the death penalty does

not deter, and we continue to impose it, we have only sacrificed the lives of

convicted murderers. Surely it is better for society to take a gamble that the

death penalty deters in order to protect the lives of innocent people than to

take a gamble that it doesn't deter and thereby protect the lives of murderers,

while risking the lives of the innocents.
Finally, defenders of capital punishment argue that justice demands that

those convicted of "heinous" crimes be sentenced to death. Justice is

essentially a matter of ensuring that everyone is treated equally (excluding

criminals). It is unjust when a criminal deliberately and wrongly inflicts

greater losses on others than he or she has to bear. If the losses society

imposes on criminals are less than those the criminals imposed on their innocent

victims, society would be favoring criminals, allowing them to get away with

bearing fewer costs than their victims had to bear." Justice requires that

society impose on criminals losses equal to those they imposed on innocent

persons. By inflicting death on those who deliberately inflict death on others,

the death penalty ensures justice for all." (Berns)
The case against capital punishment is often made on the basis

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