The Death Penalty Is Justified

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Allison Shu
Period 2
Objective paper on the death penalty

Capital punishment is legally authorized killing as punishment for a crime. The death penalty questions the morality of killing a person as justification for their crime. It also brings to question whether the death penalty actually serves as a deterrent for crime, and that some of the people executed are found innocent afterwards. The debates over the constitutionality of the death penalty and whether capital punishment should be used for retribution are also added things to be considered. Debates over the legal, moral, ethical, and economic ramifications of the death penalty are ongoing across the globe. Evidence has been found that there have been executions as early as eighteenth century BCE. However, today, numerous countries have already abolished the death penalty while there are currently 18 states in the United States that have abolished capital punishment, starting with Michigan, in 1846.

The number one thing to contend with is the morality of capital punishment. Those for the death penalty argue that those who commit heinous crimes deserve the death penalty, while the opposing side largest argument is that capital punishment is a cruel and unusual punishment. Capital punishment can be considered moral though, because people who believe in the punishment say that those that if you kill a person, then you deserve to die yourself. Bruce Fein, a constitutional lawyer and general counsel to the
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