Is The Death Penalty Ever Justified?

1099 Words Jun 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Lyndze Curry
Professor Jennifer Arceo
English 1301.1CY
09, June 2015
Is The Death Penalty Ever Justified?
In the American society many citizens argue daily, is the death penalty justified? The United States is sharply divided, and equally strong among both supporters and protesters of the death penalty. Arguing against capital punishment, many believe "The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights (White).” Some simply believe it to be premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state in the name of justice (about.com). It violates the right to life. Some would even argue that this violates the Eight Amendment for no cruel or unusual punishment inflected. Many argue that the death penalty diminishes all of us, increases disrespect for human life, and offers the tragic illusion that we can teach that killing is wrong by killing.
However, I completely disagree that the death penalty is cruel unnecessary punishment. If an individual intentionally and knowingly commits a crime that deserves the death penalty then I believe it is justified. For example, if someone kills an innocent citizen then I feel it would be okay to take the life of the person who committed the crime. The phrase, "Life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, (New Testament)” is punishment in which the offender suffers what the victim has suffered, exact retribution. There are defendants who earn the ultimate punishment that society has to offer by committing murder…
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