Essay on Fair Punishment and the Death Penalty

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Fair Punishment and the Death Penalty

94 federal attorneys have the power to submit a case to Janet Reno (Willing 3A). These attorneys seek the death penalty for these cases, and why should they not? Whys should one who has taken a life, or even several, deserve the air that they breathe? Capital punishment is a harsh punishment created for people who have committed harsh crimes. The death penalty should be used to punish violent criminals.
Some believe that capital punishment is unfair. Reno says, "Sadly, the same is true of the entire criminal justice system, both state and federal" (Justice Dept sees). How can a punishment be judged as fair? Every judge will have some biases. How is giving the opportunity of life to
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The poverty rate is about the same in states with or without the death penalty (Bonner).
Statistics say that half the states with the death penalty have homicide rates above the national average, and 10 of the 12 states without the death penalty have homicide rates below the national average (Bonner). "Whatever the factors are that affect change in homicide rates, they don't seem to operate differently based on the the presence or absence of the death penalty in a state," said Steven Messner, a criminologist at the State University of NY at Albany (Bonner). The statistics, also, incenuate that the threat of a death penalty rarely deters criminals. This may be true; however, the death penalty is to punish criminals, not to stop crimes. The threat of a lifetime in prison does not affect criminals either.
Many believe that rehabilitation is the answer. The truth is that rehabilitation has been proven to be uneffective, and capital punishment is often the only penalty that matches the shocking nature of some crimes (Bonner).
The death penalty, also, can bring a closure to the victims' families (Bonner). Revenge has been taken, and the victims' families have recieved "an eye for an eye." It may even help bring closure to the criminals' families.
The Fifth Amendment states that "no persons shall be held to answer for a capital... crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury... nor be deprived of life...…