Race Is NOT a Factor in Capital Punishment

1086 WordsJun 25, 20185 Pages
The death penalty’s main argument is morality. Is it wrong or is it right to sentence someone to death for a crime. The idea of capital punishment stems back from the world’s earliest known societies (Garland, 2011). In the United States today the death penalty is used as form of punishment in 32 states. America is a country of opinion, Americans have their own outlook on everything and the death penalty is no different. Many Americans feel capital punishment is wrong and unethical; while other Americans feel it is ethical and needed. The death penalty can be traced all the way back to the 18th Century B.C. in Babylon to the Hammurabi Codes (“Introduction to the Death Penalty,” 2014). The Hammurabi codes had 25 different crimes that were…show more content…
What this accomplishes is the offender will sit in a jail cell for the remainder of his life with no chance of getting out. Does knowing the criminal will be locked in a jail cell for the rest of his or her life help the victim’s family sleep at night? In most cases it does not. People who view the death penalty as a wrong sort of punishment would most likely change their mind if it was a member of their family who was murdered (Meranze, 2011). What does the death penalty do that life without parole could not do? The death penalty gives the families closure of their lost loved one. The idea of one sitting in a jail cell for the rest one’s life does not give closure to most families. Deterrence is another big reason the death penalty is still used in the United States (“Death Penalty,” 2014). If potential criminals see criminals put to death, would it stop them from committing a crime? The answer is unclear, but a survey was done of criminologists in 1996 and roughly eleven percent believed that the death penalty was a deterrent to other criminals (“Death Penalty,” 2014). The same survey was done again in 2008 and the percent was nearly cut in half, six percent of the criminologists believed the death penalty was a deterrent (“Death Penalty,” 2014). The death penalty information center explains that the criminologists that were surveyed do not believe that the death penalty lowers murder rates in states that enforce capital punishment. The criminologists also
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