Capital Punishment : Should No Longer Exist?

1900 WordsApr 13, 20178 Pages
Introduction We ‘all’ live in a society with the same basic constitutional rights and guarantees. We have the right to life. We have the right to liberty. We also have the right of the pursuit of happiness with equal opportunities. This is the basis for our society established by the Declaration of Independence. Our founding Father’s declared that all men are created equal. It is the foundation on which all else is built on. Therefore, a person must be removed from society when they blatantly attack this foundation by murdering another, robbing them of the aforementioned rights. But does this necessarily mean that person should no longer live, should no longer exist? Capital Punishment is a controversial debate in America right now…show more content…
The concept of the death penalty has been around for over 2000 years. Capital punishment is also known as the "death penalty." Webster defines Capital Punishment as punishment by death or the practice of killing people as punishment for serious crimes. Capital Punishment is the most extreme form of correctional system theory used. The demands of the 21st century contend that our justice system is in need of reform. One of the underlining reasons the death penalty has no future is due to the cost that this correctional theory imposes from start to finish. Currently thirty-one states allow capital punishment for the most heinous crimes (Wikipedia, 2017). Death penalty attitude researcher Phoebe Ellsworth says, Public support for the death penalty went down very rashly between 1950 and 1967 (from 65 percent approving to 45 percent), then reversed direction from 1967 to 1980 (when support rose to 75 percent), and since 1995 has been declining again (down to 64 percent approval in 2007) (Ellsworth, 1994). The Process of the Conviction of Death The role that the Correctional System plays within this theory (death penalty) is carried out in a process. The Process of the Conviction of Death is very costly and time consuming. Before a trial can begin it may be necessary to investigate if the defendant is sane enough to be tried for their crime (Loeb 52). Insanity is seen as incapacity and only those who are responsible for their
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