The Death Penalty And The Penalty

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John Grisham, an American politician, lawyer, and author once stated, “Death row is a nightmare to serial killers and ax murderers. For an innocent man, it 's a life of mental torture that the human spirit is not equipped to survive.” The death penalty, or capital punishment, refers to the punishment of a criminal convicted of a capital offense through execution (“Definition of Death Penalty”). With many criminals convicted of a capital offenses awaiting execution on death row, the death penalty has been a seriously debated topic since its reinstitution in the mid 1970s (“Reinstating”). Many in law enforcement have the view that there are positives to the death penalty, as execution serves as a form of retribution and is a direct deterrent to heinous crime. To many police officers capital punishment is a tool that assists and informs criminal justice and more specifically, law enforcement. Others believe that sentencing someone to death is not only inhumane, but is costly and there is always a chance that a person may be innocent and put to death (Drummond). In order to preserve human rights, save money, and save innocent lives, capital punishment should be abolished. Given that police officers are on the front line of law enforcement is it not surprising that they hold strong opinions regarding capital punishment. The earliest form of law enforcement in United States took as a blueprint the British law enforcement system, which dated back to 900 A.D. The first law…

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