Essay about Capital Punishment Speech

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Capital Punishment Speech

Capital punishment is a barbarous survival from a less enlightened and refined age; it is incongruous and incompatible with our present standard of civilization and humanity. It has been abolished by many states and countries, and we must look forward to the day when the other governments will follow suit.

The arguments against capital punishment are many and credible, but the pleas advanced in its favor are few and unfounded.

Punishment is supposed to be for the protection of society, and for the reformation and rehabilitation of the wrongdoer. Its purpose is to protect society by preventing the same criminals from repeating their crimes, and by acting as a
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Further, such uncertainty attends the consummation of the death sentence -- due to the natural hesitation and inclination to the mercy of the judge and jury, to the chances of reprieve-- that this penalty is far less deterrent than are those penalties which, though less severe, are also more certain. But are there not other and more effective deterrents? Like specific rehabilitation programs, which in comparison with capital punishment is seen to be a lot less clumsy and very effective.

Capital punishment is irrevocable, and the errors of justice cannot be rectified. All possibility of reconsideration is taken away. Innocent persons have been hanged, and judge, jury, and the whole legal machinery involved have thereby been made privy to the very crime they sought to punish. In view of the very uncertain and unequal character of our merely human endeavors to meet out justice, no proceedings of ours should be of this irrevocable character.

Capital punishment sins most by depriving the culprit of his chances of reformation. Our duty to society is fulfilled by isolating the dangerous man for so long as he may continue to be dangerous. As for deterrent action, this should be compassed, not by fear, but by reformative and protective measures in our social policy. The only way to destroy a criminal is by reforming the man who is a criminal. To destroy the persons life is nothing short of

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