Capital Punishment: Utilitarian Vs Retributive Theory

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The death penalty or Capital punishment is a controversial topic on its own. With the US being one of the states that allow capital punishment makes the topic even more personal. The utilitarian theory in the book is described as an action that would promote happiness or good consequences to "all concerned". With that simple definition, anyone can tell that someone who follows this theory would disagree completely with the idea of Capital punishment. In Chapter nine of the textbook the section "Utilitarianism, or Results, Theory" explains the difference between utilitarian and retributive theory. In the retributivist theory consequences are determined by the severity of the crime. For example someone murders a person for no reason, they would receive a very long or life sentence, opposed to a trespasser might receive six months or a fine depending on the severity. Utilitarianism is not always against…show more content…
There is not a good consequence or happiness to all concerned, only to the possible victim in the crime, the victim's family and maybe some of the officers. That is leaving out the criminal them self and their family. I feel that the utilitarian theory is similar to my personal views towards the capital punishment, but not for all the same reasons. I feel that the capital punishment is somewhat of an outlet to get out of feeling guilt or sorrow for a crime. A lot of prisoners would rather die than to be in prison for life which result in suicide. What is the punishment if the prisoner on death row is looking forward to receiving the death penalty? My view of the capital punishment does reflect my personal views because in a way, it does have a positive outcome to all concerned. No one is physically hurt, the family and victim is served justice, the criminal will learn his lesson (hopefully) and being in a cell for the rest of their life reflecting their
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