The Death Penalty Is It Ever Justified?

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American prisons today are filled to their capacities, yet crime here in America seems to have increased. I am speaking of one of the cruelest forms of crime that must be eradicated, which is murder. It seems as though a life sentence does not impose fear into modern day criminals, seeing that serious crimes are being committed more often. The death penalty is something that is needed here in the United States to help lower these ongoing vicious crime rates. In the essay “The Death Penalty: Is It Ever Justified?” Written by Edward I. Koch, this exact issue is discussed. Koch believes capital punishment in the form of the death penalty may help make these criminals to understand morality, or right from wrong. He states, “Life is indeed precious, and I believe the death penalty helps to affirm that fact” (483). If they were aware of the penalty, criminals may have, “Shown moral awareness before their victims die, and not after” (484). Through persuasive techniques Koch will support his argument in favor of the death penalty. When arguing about an intense topic such as death penalty, not only is having a knowledgeable background needed, but emotions of both parties must be taken into play. Koch builds up his credibility by mentioning his extensive twenty-two year background in public service. As stated, he has been a “district leader, councilman, congressman, and mayor” (484). This shows Koch has had support from his community to have been elected mayor, and show that they
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