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Personally, death penalty is unacceptable for it is not man who made his fellow men so that each has no right to take the life of another. If a man kills another individual and the criminal is punished through death, would not the man who implements the law become a criminal and thus should be killed as well? This makes the death penalty erroneous because no one is authorized to kill any human being, whether he is a good person or not. When the law is inaccurate, should it not be dissolved?
Another matter always considered about the death penalty is the accuracy of the accusations. There are times that the wrong persons are accused and still are found guilty, suffering the punishment they do not deserve. If death is the answer to lessening, if not stopping crimes, then finding the right criminals should be assured first. However, when such cannot be made certain, there is no use of killing an innocent person when the guilty one is on the loose. The death penalty, whatever angle it is seen, can never be right. As they say, one can never right a wrong with another
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According to the opinions of different theorists in the past, the death penalty could in earlier times be considered as a significant measure that could prevent crimes from taking place within a society. This is primarily because individuals committing dreadful crimes if punished with the death penalty could act as an intimidation for other individuals.
The researcher state that he crimes that may lead to a death penalty vary from one country to another and from one religion to another. Same case applies to the methods of carrying out the execution. Some of the crimes that can warrant a death penalty are murder, treason, rape, terrorism, and even adultery in the Muslim religion.
At the beginning of the 20th century, nearly all countries practiced some form of capital punishment, but it is no longer used in most countries (Stearman, 2007). The benefits and drawbacks of the death penalty are debated widely. Can it ever be justified?
In US, many states still continue with death penalty laws. Supreme Court suspended capital punishment during period 1972-76; however, that was resurrected after that. The paper explores why capital punishment should be abolished. US Death Penalty History The below mentioned table depicts death execution history in last few decades in US.
Although death penalty is a very harsh punishment but it is helpful in reducing the crime rate in any part of the world. Death penalty injects a sense of fear into the minds of the criminals, which makes them think twice before planning to commit any sort of violent crime.
In his opinion, “Equality is morally less important than justice and justice is independent of distributional inequalities” (Van den Haag). It is a fact that many of the criminals who committed serious offenses escaped from death penalties whereas criminals who committed less serious crimes forced to accept death penalty.
Their agony tends to last for decades. The solution is to abolish the death penalty, and not in improved and swifter executions(Bannister, 2008, p. 167).
Over a period of 200 years, the approach to executions has