Death Penalty Should Be A Retentionist For Capital Punishment
The death penalty is also referred to as “capital punishment”, which is executions carried out by a government or ruling monarchy. The death penalty has been adopted by many and is commonly used for heinous crimes, especially murder. It is also used on crimes against the state such as treason, crimes against humanity, and espionage. The death penalty has a lot of history to it. The first established death penalty dates back to the Eighteenth Century B.C. in the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon, which codified the death penalty for twenty-five different crimes. Death sentences were carried out by such means as beheading, boiling in oil, burying alive, burning, crucifixion, drowning, hanging, stoning, strangling, and quartering. Britain influenced Americaś use of the death penalty more than any other country. When European settlers came to the new world, they brought the practice of capital punishment along with them. Laws regarding the death penalty varied from colony to colony. (Randa) As the years passed, the process of executing criminals changed due to what people thought was …show more content…
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. Many people state that they want the death sentence as revenge. It is justice, not revenge. Although the victim and the victim 's family cannot be restored to the status which preceded the murder, at least an execution brings closure to the murderer 's crime and closure to the ordeal for the victim 's family. It will ensure that the murderer will create no more victims. The families that have suffered a loss deserve some type of peace. I believe that many of those families will feel much more safer without the killer wandering the streets.
The death penalty will also reduce the number of committed crimes. I believe that the number of major crimes, like murder and homicide, will escalate if offenders are not punished for their actions. Without punishment for their offenses, criminals will be taking advantage of weaker people and victims. Having the death penalty will prevent more crimes from happening, since offenders know what will be the