The Death Penalty: A Necessary Evil Essay

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The Death Penalty: a Necessary Evil

Life is the most wonderful gift that God gives us. He also gives us the power to do what we wish with that life. We can keep it and guard it, or we can take it away. It follows that murder is the worst crime anyone could ever commit. It is a crime that no one can ever make right because once you take a life away you can never give it back. Penalties exacted from criminals are made to fit the crimes committed. The worst crime possible should therefore receive the worst penalty possible. That penalty is the death penalty.
Take, for example, the case of a man who is caught shoplifting. He does not deserve the same punishment as someone who is convicted of assault and battery. Most people would have no
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The government also has rights that we as citizens do not have. As Mayor Ed Koch says in his essay on the death penalty, Rthe execution of a lawfully condemned killer is no more an act of murder than is legal imprisonment an act of kidnapping.S(Koch, p.318)
People who are convicted of murder more often than not have more crimes than just that one murder under their belt. Their mental state allows them to commit horrible acts and not feel guilty about them. There is not much proof than anyone can change this mind set. Say, for instance, that one of these said murderers is charged with life in prison.
In jail they make the effort to have a good behavior. Within twelve years they are out on the streets only to kill again. Or maybe even worse, someone has been charged with multiple life sentences and there is no possible way to get out of prison. Because this is the worse punishment they can have they are in effect given a license to kill whomever they can get their hands on in prison.
The death penalty needs to be around as an option for those cases in which the criminally is likely to kill again if ever given the chance.
The death penalty also has the potential to become a very powerful deterrent against acts of murder. Life in prison is almost better than some of the lives that these criminals lead. At least they are fed and kept out of the rain. Death, however, is a real punishment no matter how you look at it. And even if someone wanted