Essay on Why The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished

1551 Words May 3rd, 2016 7 Pages
What Happened To the “Right to life”? Since adolescence, there is the teaching of death and that murder without justification is wrong. By knowing that, what exactly is capital punishment? Oxford Dictionaries defines capital punishment as “the legally authorized killing of someone as a punishment for a crime” (Capital Punishment, Oxford). Methods of capital punishment included gas chambers, oxygen deprivation, firing squads, electrocution, and the most commonly used, lethal injection (Death Penalty Information Center). The death penalty should be abolished because it is flawed, perhaps life without parole can be the alternative. It is flawed because it goes against the majority of society’s views, executions are costly, and botched executions can occur which cause more harm than they should; thus there should be a call for it to be abolished. The death penalty is highly supported because it is believed to prevent future murders. Death Penalty Curriculum states “Since society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest punishment available to deter murder, and that is the death penalty (Death Penalty Curriculum Deterrence)”. The thought is that potential criminals would think twice before killing someone because of the punishment that comes with it- death. Over time, criminologists have studied murder rates to see if there was a change in convictions and the results were that the study was inconclusive. The support for that was because “the…

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