Ethical Ethics Of Capital Punishment

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Capital punishment is said to be one of the most controversial issue in the United States. Capital punishment is the practice of executing a person as punishment for the crime they have committed. This ethical dilemma has divided Americans into two halves: those “for” capital punishment and those “against” capital punishment. The individuals that are for capital punishment believe that the act is justice and should remain legal. On the other hand, the individuals that are against capital punishment believe that capital punishment is an unethical act and should be illegal. The question being asked here, is whether or not capital punishment is ethical.
History has shown that the practice of capital punishment has been done long before our forefathers
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These codes allowed the death penalty to be use on twenty five different crimes, except murder. The practice of capital punishment was also established in the 14th century B.C., as part of the Hittite code. The Draconian Code of Athens, in the 7th century, allowed the death penalty to be the only form of punishment used for all crimes that were committed. Today, the death penalty isn’t used as freely as it was in ancient time. The crime must be extremely severe and horrendous. The stealing of grapes wouldn’t hold equal punishment to murder, in today’s societies. The most famous and talked about execution in history is the crucifixion of our savior Jesus Christ. The method of crucifixion was abolished in the Roman Empire three hundred years after Jesus Christ death. Throughout history, the methods involving execution have changed. Those put to death were hanged from gallows, mutilated, tortured, drowned, burned and/or buried alive. The first execution in America occurred in 1608 when George Kendall of Virginia was executed for plotting to betray the British to the Spaniards. After …show more content…
These individuals refuse the practice of the capital punishment for any kind of crime. They believe that the act of killing another human being isn’t justice but rather letting that person rot in prison is justice enough. Abolitionist may argue that innocent people are sometime incarcerated and the killing of an innocent person would be morally wrong. They also point out that even though capital punishment is established, murder is still active. However, individual that are for capital punishment are referred to as Retentionists. They find the death penalty and capital punishment to be a rewarding favor in murder cases. They believe that executing the murderer brings justice not only to the victim that was brutally murdered but also the victim’s family. Retentionists argue that murderers are terrified of death. For instance, Ted Bundy did everything in his power to be spared from execution. He tried to have his sentence changed to life without parole by stating that it was porn that made act, lust, and kill. The ethical debate between these two parties have been going for thousands years and the debate will continue to go

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