The Death Penalty Should Not Be Applied Essay
The death penalty should never be applied as a punishment to a person convicted of intentionally killing another person because the death penalty is a costly, unfair punishment that does not benefit society as a whole.
What is the death penalty? The death penalty is defined as “the punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime.” (Definition of Death Penalty in English) Since 1976 there have been over fourteen hundred executions in the United States. Currently there are thirty one states that uses the death penalty as a means of punishment for a crime. (Facts about the Death Penalty) The death penalty is a retributivist method of punishment, and does not deter or rehabilitate. Therefore, it is not a utilitarian form of punishment. (Dressler, Joshua)
Many who are in favor of the death penalty believe that it prevents or deters crime. This is not actually the case. Mahtmanti Gandhi once said “An eye for an eye, will make the whole world blind.” (Mahatma Gandhi) Punishing someone for killing someone by killing them is hypocritical. It does not deter killing. The goal of a punishment is to teach what should not be done, and to deter anyone from doing it. The government should not use killing as a means to teach that killing is wrong. A report by the National Research Council says that studies showing that the death penalty causes deterrence on murder is “fundamentally flawed.” (Facts…