Should We Still Be Using The Death Penalty? Essay

1242 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Adam Rabboh
Prof. Alsbrook-Jackson
CT: 101 Critical Thinking in a Diverse World
18 November 2016
Should we Still Be Using the Death penalty? Whether we are browsing the internet, reading a newspaper or simply watching television, we are bombarded with news of countless numbers of barbaric crimes. In the midst of dealing with an umpteen number of barbarous crimes many wonder, what should be done to deal with the uncivilized members of our society? One of the biggest controversies in our society is whether or not capital punishment is morally right or wrong. Since the beginning of human comprehension, we have been taught that murder is wrong. Capital punishment in its simplest terms, is a person with government power taking the life of another. The method of ending another human’s life no matter the crime, is hard to fathom. We as humans, have special entitlement on our own lives but do we also have that right on others? Capital punishment is morally and ethically wrong because there’s always a chance for human error, a death sentence is statistically shown to not be a deterrent to future offenders and the poor and minorities are shown to receive the death penalty more often. Proponents of capital punishment argue that it provides closure to families and it is the ultimate revenge against a person convicted of a crime. An Individual’s moral conviction cannot be used to decide legality because most people in our country are culturally different and believe they shouldn’t be…

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