The Death Penalty Is It Ever Justified? Essay

834 Words Sep 24th, 2015 4 Pages
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the death penalty as “execution imposed in court of law as punishment for a crime.” Edward I. Koch, a New York mayor from 1978-1989, supports the death penalty while David Bruck, Harvard College alumni, opposes the death penalty. In the essay “The Death Penalty: Is It Ever Justified?” and “The Death Penalty” both Koch and Bruck talk about the death penalty, yet they both argue the value of life very differently by elaborating their points of view.
Imagine a life where there was no existence of any type of crime. Sadly, we live in a life where crime exists and sometimes we can do something about it and sometimes we cannot. People like Koch and Bruck view justice differently, because Koch states; “We may not like the death penalty, but it must be available to punish crimes of cold-blooded murder, cases in which any other form of punishment would be inadequate and, therefore, unjust” (Koch 484). While Bruck sees justice as, “Justice does demand that murderers be punished. And common sense demands that society be protected from them. But neither justice nor self-preservation demands that we kill men whom we have already imprisoned.” (Bruck 493). Viewing these quotes from both authors, shows how different Koch and Bruck view justice within each criminal, because Koch does not believe any other form of punishment would be appropriate except to be executed, while Bruck believes other forms of punishment is adequate for criminals. Bruck has…

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