Persuasive Essay On The Death Penalty

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Our forefathers fought in many great wars and struggled valiantly to craft the United States of America into the proud country it is currently. A well known, and still standing, way that they strengthened and shaped our government was through the creation of the United States Constitution. The U.S. Constitution was established in 1787, The Constitution was written in a particular manner which, if necessary, allowed for it to be amended, and over time it has. The most recent amendment that has been made was the 27th amendment, in 1992. The eighth amendment of the U.S Constitution states, “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted” (U.S. Const, amend Vlll) The eighth amendment, although seemingly to the point, is deceitful in its brevity and contains many ambiguities, particularly upon the last phrase of the sentence. It raises the question of what constitutes as cruel and unusual. As the amendment was passed in 1791, is it what would be considered cruel then? Or rather, what is cruel in today’s society? Is the death penalty constitutional? The brief answer would be no. However it is not nearly as simple as a plain one worded response. There are hundreds of years of history and millions of lives and stories that just absolutely can not be condensed into one short word. The death penalty is a merciless and tyrannical act that deprives an individual of their life and therefore, any chance of rehabilitation.
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