The Role Of Capital Punishment And The Death Penalty

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Is it a cruel punishment to sentence a criminal to death for committing murder? If the victim of the murder were a close relative, would the answer change? Capital punishment, or the death penalty, is the act of putting a person guilty of a capital crime to death. Capital punishment is one of the many issues the United States cannot seem to agree on. According to the Death Penalty Information Center, “in America, as of 2014, eighteen states have abolished the death penalty” (qtd. in Issitt). In addition to the United States, taking fifth place, many other countries have not abolished the death penalty, including China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, taking first, second, and third place, respectively, for the number of executions during the 2007 to …show more content…
This paraphrase of Hammurabi’s Code exemplifies the “need for justice” (“Hammurabi’s”). This “need” is somewhat met with the implementation of the death sentence. If someone takes away another person’s right, then that right should be taken away from him or her in return. If a person takes the life of an innocent, their life shall be taken from him or her. That simple idea is one that can change the world’s perspective. This also suggests the role of karma. When one thinks about this fragment of Hammurabi’s code, ideas of justice and fairness may come to …show more content…
The most popular dispute is that of those who believe that the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. While the act of killing a person could be considered cruel, one must acknowledge that killing an innocent person and sentencing a killer to death are two very different actions. The penalty for killing an innocent person should be death, and there should be no penalty for being innocent, but if there were to be one, it should not be death. A second argument may be that innocent people are often charged as guilty and sentenced to death as for every seven to eight death row inmates, one has been found innocent and released from death row (Feingold). While this information is quite distressing, it is also proof that the current system is working. If the system were not working, those one out of every seven to eight would have been executed. Now, that is not to say that our system could not be improved at all; everything can be improved. Extra precautions can be taken to ensure that no innocent person is executed. All evidence can be more thoroughly checked and processed. Additionally, many of the inmates who are falsely convicted are done so by the fault of the prosecutors and plea-bargaining, not the capital punishment itself. The prosecutors can also be more closely monitored to ensure that no one

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