The Defense Of Injustice : Capital Punishment Essay

1216 Words Feb 29th, 2016 5 Pages
The Defense of Injustice Capital punishment is defined as the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime. However, the death penalty is nothing new to human civilization. One of its earliest appearances in society is in Babylonian circa 1750 BC in the Code of Hammurabi (Flinn). Over time, human morals have changed giving countries such as Venezuela, San Marino, and Costa Rica insight to be the first countries to illegalize the death penalty (Sheldon). Currently, one hundred and one countries have fully abolished the death penalty. However, countries such as the United States and China still use the death penalty as a major criminal offense. In the United States, crimes punishable by death include terrorism, espionage, federal murder, treason, and drug trafficking (41 Federal Capital Offenses). Capital punishment is clearly both immoral and hypocritical and should be abolished by all existing governments around the world. The death penalty has no effect on the convicted, an individual can be proven innocent after the execution, but his or her life cannot be revived, and it is an unnecessary burden to taxpayers. The death penalty is not only immoral and hypocritical, but it is also clearly ineffective. Two wrongs don’t make a right. The government-enforced killing an individual just because he or she committed a crime is not moral, nor is it effective. The government did not give life to the person convicted, and therefore have no right to take it away…

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