The Death Penalty: A Just Method of Punishment Essay

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Ever since the dawn of man’s search for justice, the death penalty, has been a consequence for particularly heinous crimes. Over the years society has debated whether the death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment. People who oppose of the death penalty view supporters as gun-slinging "rednecks" who live in the backwoods of America. Likewise, supporters view those who oppose the death penalty as uptight "suits" who live in mansions and believes that every person, no matter their crime, deserves to live. Those who oppose the death penalty argue that life in prison is a preferable solution to the death penalty. The supporters of the death penalty argue that Hammurabi’s code, an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life, is an …show more content…
The fifty states have similar general views as to what constitutes as a capital punishment worthy crime. All states declare that murder can be capital punishment worthy. The type of murder includes first-degree, capitol, and premeditated. The sates also set individual aggravating factors that add on to the murder to also become capital punishment worthy (Death Penalty Information Center, n.d.). Each state defines what makes for an aggravating factor. Each state also sets the number of different factors and how many of them must be met before the murder can become death penalty deserving (Death Penalty Information Center, n.d.).
Frank Newport of Gallup News Service did a study on the public’s opinion of the death penalty and 69 percent replied with “yes” when asked if they were in favor the death penalty (Newport, 2007). His report also states that every year since 2001 when he polled the question “Is the death penalty morally acceptable?” the majority of the public has responded with “yes” (Newport, 2007). According to Newport’s study, most men (76%), women (62%), republicans (81%), democrats (60%), whites (73%) and non-whites (55%) are “in favor of the death penalty for a person convicted of murder” (Newport, 2007). This study supports the fact that the majority of society agrees that the death penalty is a just and fair way to punish convicted murderers.
The death penalty is justifiable because it deters crime and coincides with the justice