Capital Punishment Of The Criminal Justice System

1407 Words Apr 4th, 2016 6 Pages
In the United States, capital punishment has always been the spotlight of many debates concerning the consequences of severe crimes. Although capital punishment is deemed to be acceptable for violent crimes such as murder, there are numerous individuals who oppose the usage of capital punishment against violent offenders. Both proponents and opponents have given countless opinions concerning the deterrence effect of capital punishment. Research studies have also added fuel to the debate in regards to the effectiveness of capital punishment in the criminal justice system. With the differences in between the pros and cons of capital punishment, it is hard to come to a concrete conclusion on whether or not if this element serves its purpose in the penal system. This paper will further discuss if capital punishment is effective in deterring violent crimes as well its implications for the future.
As common knowledge, the word “punishment” is usually used to describe something that is a painful consequence or outcome based on one’s actions and/or poor decision-making. In the criminal justice system, “punishment’ is a sanction that is opposed on offenders for committing a criminal offense (Banks, 2013). Thus, the utilization of capital punishment is not new when it comes to the element of punishment. Capital punishment can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece. For example, Socrates was tried and executed for corrupting the minds of Athenian youth (Ristroph, 2009,…
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