The Death Penalty Is Justified Essay

1218 Words Dec 10th, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine you are a shepherd, tending to your flock of sheep, when one of your sheep starts turning on the other sheep in your flock, killing one. If it is not stopped, it will continue to kill more of your flock. You try to keep it away from the other sheep, but every time you bring it near other sheep, it kills any sheep that is close to it. What do you do? Do you kill the sheep that is killing the others, protecting the flock, or do you let it kill more sheep until it dies, acknowledging the sanctity of the life of the sheep that kills?

Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is the legally authorized killing of a person as a consequence of the crime committed. Some people have said that this punishment is ineffective and immoral, but this punishment, in certain circumstances, is a necessary option for a select few crimes that are committed. This punishment allows the permanent removal of a threat to society and provides justice and a sense of closure to the victims when only the law legally can. The purpose of this essay is to determine whether or not capital punishment is necessary in certain circumstances, therefore, the issue of whether the death penalty should be allowed based on how much more it costs versus life in prison without parole will not be discussed in this essay. This essay will not discuss which or how many crimes must be committed before capital punishment is justified as that is arbitrary and has no bearing on whether or not capital…

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