Should Death Penalty Be Justified Essay

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A dingy, unshaven old man is strapped to a gouney. Two long tubes extend from veins in his arms to a hole in the cement wall behind him. A man behind the cement wall pumps a saline solution through the tube, followed by sodium thiopental, pancuronium bromide, and finally potassium chloride. An audience watches as the liquids are pumped through the tube, witnessing the man strapped to the gurney take his last breath. A cold-blooded killer dies (“Descriptions of Execution Methods”).
Though lethal injection is a more humane method of execution than previous methods such as hanging or the electric chair, it is hotly debated whether or not capital punishment is a justified practice. In most cases, the cons are quick to outweigh the pros.
For those in favor of the death penalty, the argument usually consists of statements like “It is a possible way to deter future convicts” or “It puts the family of the victim at ease.” Dr. Jim L. Riley argues, “Moral justification of the death penalty can be justified by one simple principle: punishment should be roughly apportioned in severity to the nature of the crime.” An eye for an eye, so to speak. However, some are
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In a national poll of United States police chiefs, imposing the death penalty was rated as the least important focus in reducing violent crime. Robert M. Morgenthau, a former District Attorney of Manhattan, New York says, “Take it from someone who has spent a career in Federal and state law enforcement, enacting the death penalty...would be a grave mistake. Prosecutors must reveal the dirty little secret they too often share only among themselves: The death penalty actually hinders the fight against crime." If the millions of dollars being spent enforcing the death penalty were used instead for bettering police training and equipment, the tax dollars of the people would actually be used for effectively reducing violent crime

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