Essay on The Death Penalty Debate Over Capital Punishment

932 Words Sep 7th, 2016 4 Pages
When turning on the television, radio, or just viewing the newspaper, you are flooded with news of murders, homicides, serial killers, and other tragedies. It is an uncommon occurrence to make it through a day in this world and not hear of these tragedies. So what can be done about these crimes? Today, there is an ongoing debate over capital punishment, questioning whether it is morally right or wrong. We, as human beings, have an undeniable privilege on our own lives, but do the lives of others belong to us as well? Do we, as members of society have the right to decide if someone lives or dies? Throughout this analysis, four readings on the topic of the death penalty will be explored in order to conclude which case argues its position most compellingly. Firstly, this analysis will distinguish the rationales in favor of capital punishment, and the strengths and weakness of those arguments will be appraised. It will then analyze and evaluate the opposing arguments in the same manner, before evaluating additional arguments that are not included in the readings. Finally, it will examine what case has presented a stronger argument, based on a critical analysis of the four readings.

The four texts present arguments both for and against capital punishment. One of the arguments for capital punishment include: it makes society “safer” due to the offender unable to commit more crime, that it is a deterrent to crime. The second argument is that it saves taxpayers money, it is…

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