Leviticus 24:21 “The man who strikes and kills an animal should make compensation for it, but the one who strikes and kills a man should be put to death”. The death penalty has been around for a very long time and is not a new concept to our world. The usage of the death penalty dates back as far as the Babylonian era and was used for an assortment of crimes. This practice was also used greatly by the ancient Greeks and Romans, soon England began to practice this punishment and the founding fathers of our now great American colonies carried the capital punishment with them when they crossed over, where it is still used today as lawful punishment is a majority of states. Currently there are 31 states that have the death penalty, 19 that have abolished it and 4, including Colorado, that have a governor imposed moratoria, which essentially means that there is a temporary hold on any executions because the governor of that state won’t sign any death warrants for these murders (DPIC).Coloradan Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the Colorado systems to be greatly flawed, however Hickenlooper never gives any reasonings as to how it is so badly flawed. Yes, greatly flawed if you mean in context of the reduction of Nathan Dunlap’s death sentence, a man responsible for the murder and robbery of four Chuck E. Cheese employees, to life without parole. Then yes, it is flawed. Senate Luisa Guzman had put forth senate bill 95 to abolish the death penalty in Colorado (Eason).
The death penalty today is slow, costly, and uncertain; therefore, America should abolish the death penalty”, and David J. Burge, a Georgia Republican Attorney, state's, “The reality is that capital punishment is nothing more than a risky government program.” (Rathbun, 2017) Joshua Rathbun, and others who would choose to do away with the death penalty, bring up a good point that the death penalty is not perfect and that there are times where errors occur. The solution isn’t to get rid of the death penalty, but to improve the technology and system used. It would be more productive to work together and look for more productive methods. Not to bicker about if the current method is humane enough. There is already work being done. The most common form of execution is lethal injection, which most Americans find to be humane. Still errors do occur, the DPIC predicts that three percent of executions were botched. (DPIC, 2016) I believe we can all agree that this number is too high. Although over the course of over 100 years being within a rate that most scientist find acceptable is pretty good. Especially considering how much technology has progressed sense the start of this time
The death penalty is when someone like a criminal would do something so terribly bad that they are executed by lethal injection. The topic of this has been disputed for a lot of years and nobody has really agreed on if it is or is not effective. Study’s show that the argument is split a lot of people think it is bad and a lot of people think it is a bad thing most people don’t want there tax dollars to go to keeping inmates in prison and feeding them. But some people think that it is just too hard of a punishment to kill somebody instead of keeping them in prison.
The death penalty, otherwise known as capital punishment, is the punishment of execution given to someone legally convicted of a capital crime. While many argue that the death penalty is an efficient way to punish criminals, studies and academic journals have proven this to be false, as there are many preffered alternatives.
The death penalty should be put to death. The death penalty is inhumane, it consists of: hanging, lethal gas, lethal injection, and the firing squad. While many people think America should keep the death penalty each year more and more people are changing their mind. People are starting to realize that the death penalty does not solve anything. People who are for the death penalty are for it for the wrong reasons. If the death penalty did not exist more people could rehabilitate. All in all, the death penalty is doing more harm than good: innocent people could get executed, it will not help families of the victims, it is costly, it is against most religions, and it is inhumane.
According to Deathpenaltyinfo.org, as of July 1st, 2017 there were approximately 2,817 prisoners on death row. CNN.com says that, as of now, the death penalty is only legal in 31 out of the 50 states. Did you know that the average death row inmate will spend roughly 15 years in prison before they meet their final day; nearly a quarter of death row inmates die of natural causes while waiting for execution, and exhausting all of their appeals? How about that in Virginia death row inmates are now able to play games, watch TV, send emails, and have physical contact with visitors along with much more? Death row is for criminals that have committed heinous crimes and have been convicted by 12 unanimous jurors to death. So, why give them that many privileges?
The death penalty has been carried out in several ways throughout its existence which include Lethal Injection, electrocution, Gas chamber, Hanging, and Firing squad. There has always been the thought of just which way is the best way to put someone to death. Lethal Injection has been the newest form of execution for the death penalty. It was “first adopted by the U.S. state of Oklahoma in 1977” to replace all other forms of execution because “it was considered cheaper and more humane” (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991).” During a lethal-injection procedure, a prisoner is strapped to a gurney” where three drugs are put into the person’s body (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991). The first drug is “sodium thiopental, a barbiturate anesthetic, which is supposed to induce deep unconsciousness in about 20 seconds.” (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991) The second drug is “pancuronium bromide, a total muscle relaxant that, given in sufficient dosages, paralyzes all voluntary muscles, thereby causing suffocation” (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991). The last drug is “potassium chloride, which induces irreversible cardiac arrest” (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991). The result is “death usually occurring less than two minutes after the final injection. In truth, lethal injection is a better way to give someone the death penalty” (Ecenbarger, 1994 and Weisberg, 1991). Although recently there has been much controversy over lethal injections becoming “botched” to where it
As we all know the death penalty has been a controversial issue for since around the 1900’s. Capital punishment has many diverse viewpoints of many individual. Capital punishment is deemed as the ultimate punishment here in the United States. There are and always will be pros and con on this issue being 1.) morality 2.) constitutionality 3.) deterrence 4.) retribution 5.) irrevocable mistakes 6.) cost of death vs. life in prison 7.) race 8.) closure for victims’ families 9.) attorney quality 10.) physicians at executions (Pros and Cons, 2016).
Considering most criminal cases like, what people have done to get to the death penalty is considerably great and a tremendous deal. You're gonna die! for goodness sake! it is a enormous deal! Some people would think that the death penalty would be the best for any considerable serious crimes while others may not think so. There are pros and cons when talking about the death penalty punishment. The pros would be: The prisons would have more room for less minor crimes that people committed, the taxes would be much lower, the crooked man will get karma and the family gets to reconcile of the death. The cons would be: The person dies, life matters for everyone, death is easy while being punished for something is not, that’s the easy way out for a crime and “eye for an eye, the world goes blind.” This quote explains nothing will come with revenge other than emptiness, which in this case is the blindness.
Capital Punishment, also known as the death penalty, is used exclusively by the United States. It is the only western country that still utilizes this punishment. As of 2017, it is allowed in 31 states, but depending on the location there are different ways to be executed. Today there are five ways capital punishment is handled, ranging from lethal injection to hanging, the most popular and well known one being lethal injection. In 1977 Oklahoma became the first state to acknowledge that lethal injection as a viable means of execution, Texas became the first to implement it, followed five years later by its first execution in 1982 (Info center). I personally believe that these methods are inhumane; the death penalty should be abolished due to unequitable expenses, the amount of resources it takes, and the absence of human rights.
Let’s set the scene,you come from a loving suburban family living in a nice neighborhood where barely any danger occurs. The family consists of your father, your mother, you and your younger sister. One day you arrive home and something is off, your sister hasn’t come home from school and your parents are panicking. They decided to call the cops. Days pass and there is still no sign of your sister. Finally a week and a half passes and the body finally turns up. The autopsy finds seman samples on the body and hand marks around her neck. The police report gets back to your family, and your younger sister was raped and murdered. Later that week, that man responsible was caught, arrested and on trial for the death penalty. The decision is in your hands.Do you send this man to death or have him spend the rest of his life in prison. Is there a right decision? Has justice been served? These are questions that one must ask themselves when dealing with a issue as strong as this. It is morally right for an individual to be sentenced to death if they commit such a heinous crime.
Death penalty laws were established back in eighteenth century B.C. Back then the Code of King Hammaurabi of Babylon classified only 25 crimes an automatic sentence to death penalty. Death would consist of crucifixion, drowning, being beaten to death, burning alive and impalement. It wasn’t until A.D. Tenth Century that hanging became an act of punishment for the death penalty in Britain. Britain later influenced America’s use of death penalty which expanded more than any other country(deathpenalty.org 2017).
Capital punishment remains a controversial issue in the United States. As of November 6th, 2016 there are 31 States that have the death penalty (States with and without the Death Penalty). People who are against the death penalty believe that it is cruel and unfair. The reason why is because killing someone is not going to bring the person killed back to life. People who are for the death penalty believe that if a person kills someone they deserve to be killed, so “an eye for an eye”. Since there are only 31 states that have the death penalty, two different people can commit the same crime in different states and one will get the death penalty and one won’t so it’s not really fair. For example a convict can commit a crime worthy of the death penalty in Nevada (where the death penalty is eligible), and another convict can commit the exact same crime in Iowa (where the death penalty is not eligible). One would be eligible for the death penalty, and one would not. The death penalty should be federal law, and all states should have the death penalty and effectively use it, under certain restrictions, and also to speed up the process of the death penalty.
The use of the death penalty is an extremely hot topic. It is an issue that I would say divides our nation, and everyone has their opinion on it. Those who are for it say it is a necessary punishment, as some people are just too disgusting, their crimes too heinous to stay alive. Those who oppose it say that it violates the 8th Amendment, that too many people, after their executions, are found innocent. No matter which side you stand on, it is interesting to note that people do not bring up race too much on either side, and I feel like that is something that really should be discussed more, especially considering the way our criminal justice system does seem to discriminate against certain races. Through the use of not only our class materials, but my own research as well, I will be answering the questions: Is the death penalty racially biased and to what extent? Does the race of not only the offender, but of the victim as well, greatly influence who receives the death penalty?
The problem with the death penalty is that it is a big waste of money. Yes, in some cases it can make people feel better, like they are getting revenge on the people that did the crime to their loved one or someone they know but that is really cruel. In the article, The Price of Justice it shows how the price were a few years ago and it can only of up from there “in 1988, The Miami Herald reported that the cost of the death penalty in Florida was $3.2 million per execution compared to $600,000 for life imprisonment.103 Similarly, The Dallas Morning News reported in 1992 that the trials and appeals of a capital case alone cost Texas $2.3 million per case on average”. Making the criminal sit in a jail cell that is not that big with other bad people is more of a punishment then just killing them. And it is a lot cheaper to do it that way as well. The cost of the death penalty is not reasonable because the state can’t even perform the death penalty the right way. And we can use the money for better things for our states and for our society so we can improve our comity’s so