Capital Punishment As A Form Of Retribution

1149 Words Nov 12th, 2015 5 Pages
A code or set of laws has governed civilizations since they were created. For most ancient and non industrial civilizations there was no refuting what the final punishment was going to be. The most severe and often most brutal was being ruled to die. The death penalty has been a major controversy for decades. Immanuel Kant, a German philosopher, stated that “a person should not be treated as a means to an end, but as an end in him or herself.” Capital punishment does not abide by this principle. Utilitarians support capital punishment as a form of retribution. Thus, only focusing on retribution that the victims will receive. Capital punishment is not something American citizens need. Capital punishment is wrong because you are treating someone as a means rather than an end; it used to satisfy the goals of retribution, lessen the amount of taxes, and to deter violence.
Capital punishment is “the legally authorized killing of someone as punishment for a crime” (Oxford Dictionaries). The death penalty is still legal in thirty-four states. An inmate sentenced to the death pentalty can be executed in one of the five ways which includes “electrocution, hanging, lethal injection, gas chamber, or a firing quad” (Free Dictionary). Capital punishment is often sentenced to criminal who have commited first degree murder with more than one aggrivated circumstances, and people who have commited treason. The controversy began capital punishment began 1976. Many people began to question the…
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