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Importance of Capital Punishment


In the eighteenth century,England would punish by death for 
pickpocketing and petty theft. Ever since the 1650's colonist could
be put to death for denying the true god or cursing their parents 
advocates. Capital Punishment have clashed almost continuously in the 
forum of public opinion in state legislatures and most recently in 
courts. In 1972,the case of furman vs.Georgia reached the supreme 
court. The court decided that punishment by death did indeed violate 
the eighth amendment to containing that "excessive fines imposed,nor 
cruel and unusual punishment inflicted." By this decision death 
sentences all over the country were set aside. The three most common 
death penalties are the gas chamber,lethal injection,and the electric 
chair. Capital punishment has become an increasingly controversial 
issue over many decades. The problem lies between, is the death 
penalty being accepted in murder cases or ruled out completely. While 
some people feel that Capital Punishment will not discourage crime, 
Capital punishment should be legalized in all states, because it is 
morally just and it will deter crime. 

 The many opponents of capital punishment who are against it 
feel that the death penalty is not a deterrent and that it is 
barbariaertic of the past. It has no place in a civilized society 
today. One of the biggest arguments against capital punishment is
people feel that it violates the eighth amendment which forbids cruel 
and unusual punishment. People against Capital Punishment believe the 
death penalty is absurd and is in un-christian practice. Further more, 
they feel society should not" encourage sentiments of vengenance cater 
to morbid interest in ritual execution." Criminologists also built a 
strong case that the threat of death failed to deter murder, anymore 
effectively than prison. Therefore, to inflict harm to one,it is 
simply useless.

 However, the punishment fits the crime therefore, it is 
morally just. Capital punishment is an expression of society's moral
outrage at offensive conduct. This may be appealing to many but it is 
essential in an ordered society. It asks our citizens to rely on legal 
procedures rather than to self-help their wrongs doings. It is morally 
right to sentence a person to the death penalty who has commited a 
serious crime as murder. If someone has murdered a person it is 
unethical to let the murderer live when you have an innocent person 
who is dead. Capital Punishment has to be based entirely on 
consideration of justice and morality.

 Finally, the death penalty is a deterrent against crimes. 
Statistics show that the crime rate is reduced in all states that hold 
the death penalty. The point given to these people is that they are 
less likely to commit a crime knowing they will receive the ultimate 
punishment to kill. "No other punishment deters men so effectively 
from committing crimes as the punishment of death". Still, Capital 
Punishment is supported by many Americans. They usually rely on 
deterrence as their main reason to deter people from committing 
serious crimes. Hopefully Capital Punishment will be legalized in many 
states to eliminate violence from american life.

 Many people feel Capital Punishment will not discourage crime. 
It promotes murder rather than deter it. A desire for suicide is what 
leads some murders to their criminal acts. Capital Punishment should 
remain legalized in all states. The two main reasons are it is morally 
just and it will deter crime. The way our society is today we need to 
continue on with the death penalty. It deters other murders and it 
protects our society from them. Clearly, the usage of the death 
penalty will force crime to be unacceptable in our world and protect 
our citizens.



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