Should The Death Penalty Be Banned?

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Capital punishment is defined as the “lawful infliction of death s punishment; the death penalty” (Capital Punishment, 2015). The death penalty has not always been just in the history of American. It has gone through various modifications and alterations in the past centuries, falling in and out of public favor. Should the death penalty be banned as a form of punishment? This is a topic that has been debated for many years. This subject also has a plethora of pros and cons that should be taken into consideration before one can truly make an informed decision. One of the moral questions concerning capital punishment has less to do with whether someone convicted of a violent crime deserves to be put to death than with whether state and federal governments deserve to kill someone whom it has incarcerated. However, there are those who say that the death of a convicted murderer rings closure to the family. Those that oppose capital punishment probably see it as a barbaric punishment that violates the “cruel and unusual” passage in The Bill of Rights. They may also believe that life in prison is a harsher punishment than death because the person has to live with what they have done for the rest of their life. Those in favor of capital punishment say that it is another deterrent and that the punishment should fit the crime. The death penalty stretches back to the beginning of civilization. It was established as a form of punishment for crimes as far back as ancient China.

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