Introduction Of The Death Penalty Debate

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Introduction to the Death Penalty Debate It was said by an Iowa State Supreme Court justice in the 1840s, “Crime indicates a diseased mind in the same manner that sickness and pain do a diseased body. And as in the one case we provide hospitals for the treatment of severe and contagious diseases, so in the other, prisons and asylums should be provided for similar reasons” (Banner, 2002, p.118). Individuals who have committed crimes serve their sentences and punishments, or are “treated”, in prisons. Prisons offer a state of confinement for criminals, all of whom must undergo a proper and humane punishment in a reasonable amount of time for the crimes in which they have committed. There are times, however, where capital punishment takes place and the criminal faces death as their punishment for the crime. When criminals are faced with the death penalty, controversy arises, strengthening the debate as to whether death is a proper and justifiable form of punishment for the criminal. The death penalty should not, under any circumstances, be acceptable in the criminal justice system since it diminishes the purpose of prisons and sentences and provides criminals with an “easy way out.” Supreme Court Cases in regards to Capital Punishment For approximately forty years, the United States Supreme Court has implemented efforts to regulate the application and administration of the death penalty. Throughout this time period, there have been a number of cases that have framed an
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