Capital Punishment Is An Irreversible Process

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Carreon 1 Capital punishment is defined as “the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes” (Meriam-Webster Dictionary). Crimes that carry the death penalty are classified as capital offenses and include murder, terrorism, espionage, and genocide. In order for a person to be sentence to death, first, they have to go through a two-step process in the justice system known as a bifurcated trial. The first step of the trial is proving that the person committed the crime, and the second step is determining if the death penalty will be imposed. Once both requisites have been accomplished by the prosecution team, and the person has been found guilty by the jurors, the convicted person gets sent to prison to await the execution day. During the waiting period, the defendant has several chances to appeal his or her case to higher courts and request for clemency. Since the stakes are life or death, there has to be no room for error because the death penalty is an irreversible process. Capital punishment is a very controversial topic. There are several groups and organizations that want the death penalty abolished; however, there are also groups that are in favor of the death penalty. Both sides make strong arguments of why or why not to continue executions. The Eight Amendment in the Bill of Rights states that “excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (Spalding). Cruel and unusual punishment…
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