Should Capital Punishment Be Abolished? Essay

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From centuries back where burglars, thieves, and murderers were decapitated or tortured, the people in present time have a discussion about keeping capital punishment legal or abolishing it. The death penalty is a punishment by execution and administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime; however, a person can only be convicted of capital crime by committing treason/espionage, genocide, kidnapping, first degree murder, and aircraft high jacking. There are two sides of this discussion: proponents and opponents. Proponents are those who want capital punishment to be abolished. On the other hand, opponents are those who want the death penalty to remain legal. A term that is often used in the discussion of the death penalty is recidivism which means someone is convicted of a crime, serves his or her time, and commits the crime again. Another term often used in this discussion is Hammurabi’s code which means “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.” Capital punishment has been effective in California because of Hammurabi’s code and the reduction of recidivism, so the death penalty should remain legal. Many Proponents believe that the death penalty should be abolished because it is not effective and it does not help with recidivism. In terms of effectiveness, those who propose believe that death is not the answer; they believe that capital punishment does not solve anything. In words of Mahatma Gandhi: “An eye for an eye only ends up making the world blind.” Here…

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