The Death Penalty Should Be Legal Essay

1261 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Capital punishment, or the death penalty, has been an ongoing ethical debate that has been traced to the beginning of the American colonies. The death penalty is an issue that has the United States quite divided. While there are many supporters of it, there is also a large amount in opposition. Currently, there are thirty-one states in which the death penalty is legal and nineteen states that have abolished it. Because of its controversial nature, it is important to further analyze the moral permissibility of the death penalty. I believe the death penalty should be legal throughout the nation for those who commit crimes deemed by society and government as deserving the infliction of death.
In this paper, I will defend the legalization of capital punishment by exploring the ethics of the death penalty and why it should be legalized in all states, including for reasons of deterrence, retribution, and morality. I will also discuss arguments in opposition of the death penalty. I will argue that the legalization of the death penalty across the nation will promote the greatest good for all involved.
I will support my position with the following two premises: the first is that is right and proper for the guilty to be punished in proportion to their level of wrongdoing. My second premise supports the legalization of the death penalty in respect to the Utilitarian viewpoint.
My first premise supports the legalization of the death penalty because it is right and proper for the…

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