What Does Punishment Go Too Far? Essay

1049 Words Oct 30th, 2015 5 Pages
An eye for an eye; this is a type of retributive justice which considers punishment to be the best response to crime. This is an extreme example of how punishments use to be determined; it has helped set the stage for how retribution is established today. We use the principle “Let the punishment fit the crime”; facts and evidence are presented to aid a jury and judge in this decision making process. This is widely accepted concept, but the question that we have to stop and think about is, when does punishment go too far? In the case of Charles Lavern Singleton, an Arkansas death row inmate, he medicated with antipsychotics prior to his execution. The decision to medicate Singleton was for the sole purpose of making him “sane”, which is required for legal execution. The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of medicating Singleton so he could be lucid enough to understand his own fate. Opinions vary on whether of not the clinically insane are able to understand death and punishment, especially when they are not properly medicated. Mental status at the time of the crime needs to be considered; if an individual is insane at the time of their crimes is it right or fair to make him lucid during their punishment, is it even necessary? I believe that is it not ethically right or necessary to medicate a mentally ill person to make them lucid during their execution. Mary Lou York, was the victim of Charles Laverne Singleton’s mental illness, she was tragically stabbed to death on June…

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