Death Penalty Position Paper

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“An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” is how the saying goes. Coined by the infamous Hammurabi’s Code around 1700 BC, this ancient expression has become the basis of a great political debate over the past several decades – the death penalty. While the conflict can be whittled down to a matter of morals, a more pragmatic approach shows defendable points that are far more evidence backed. Supporters of the death penalty advocate that it deters crime, provides closure, and is a just punishment for those who choose to take a human life. Those against the death penalty argue that execution is a betrayal of basic human rights, an ineffective crime deterrent, an economically wasteful option, and an outdated method. The debate has experienced …show more content…
Additionally, because the death penalty is such an ultimate decision, the number of court trials required to follow through with the sentence builds up significant costs as well. From a purely pragmatic standpoint, the elimination of the death penalty would be beneficial due to the economic ease it would bring.
The death penalty is inefficient means of punishment in both process and methodology. Due process by which criminals are tried is a lengthy and elaborate process. Convicts can make repeated court appeals to delay or dismiss their sentence. American’s desire a more brief and efficient method of trials, but “to give the… public a truly swift and efficient system…significant effort to keep the process error free would… have to be abandoned” (Zimring). The difficulty of this process and the inefficient use of time make the death penalty too drawn out to be a practical option. In the same way, the death penalty is said to deter crime, but “many criminologists…who favored capital punishment have admitted that they have been unable to produce ‘convincing studies’ that track the relationship between the death penalty and the crime rate” (Zimring). A less final act of punishment would allow more room for change of plan and less need for strictly regimented processing in addition to having more positive results.
The death penalty is riddled through with inconsistencies in both how frequently it is administered and which racial…

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