If a Person Takes a Life, That Person Must Face the Death Penalty

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Should one person have the ability to decide whether another lives or dies? What punishment is sufficient enough to fit the crime committed? This decision is not one to be taken lightly. How can one take another`s life and not give their own? It is my belief, as a member of society, only one punishment can fit this sort of crime, the death penalty. The question to be answered, is should we rehabilitate, remove from society, punish, or even sentence to death. If one is incarcerated for a life term, can rehabilitation occur? According to Webster`s dictionary, “rehabilitation is to teach (a criminal in prison) to live a normal and productive life.” Imagine being locked in solitude with only four walls to look at. Years and years …show more content…

There are correction officers that handle these dangerous inmates on a daily basis, putting their lives on the line to keep violent offenders under control. According to, “thirty-three percent of all assaults in prisons and jails are committed by inmates against staff. Correctional Officers have the second highest mortality rate of any occupation, and on average are assaulted at least twice in a 20 year career.” Sentencing a person to death is the ultimate punishment. The death sentence has been criticized for a long time about being inhumane and costly. The truth of the matter is uncertain, but in this case is cost really an issue? If a person kills someone, is that inhumane; and at what cost to the loved ones? There isn`t a monetary value that could be put on a family, even the suspect, that has been convicted would probably say the same. If a person is convicted beyond a reasonable doubt, the death penalty is the answer. In conclusion, can we believe that the person has been rehabilitated to the point where they can be a productive member of society? Or should the criminal be locked away for life without the possibility of parole, where the innocent corrections officer may get one of his two assaults during his career. Imagine being put in the position where someone has inflicted that sort of non-repairable pain. There is only one answer to the question of what fits the crime, which is the death

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