The Death Penalty As A Form Of Punishment

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The Death Penalty Elizabeth del Rio San Jose State University

Abstract
This paper will propose all the arguments for and against the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment. The death penalty, also known as Capital Punishment, is a punishment for criminals who have committed murder other capital crimes. It is Congress or any state legislature that can prescribe execution as a form of punishment. In order to be sentenced to the death penalty the crime has to be parallel as the U.S supreme court has determined, otherwise the crime has violated the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishments. When analyzing what actions has to be taken for an offense the Supreme considers three factors:the amount of crime and how strictly it should be acted upon, how the jurisdiction punishes other criminals and how other jurisdictions will punish the same exact crime. There are many arguments regarding the death penalty-the main topics: are morality, constitutionality, deterrence, retribution, irrevocable mistakes, and cost of death vs. life in prison.

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