The Death Penalty Is Necessary Essay

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The death penalty otherwise known as capital punishment, is the most extreme punishment a government can implement on its own people. Presently, only eight-six countries have completely abolished the use of capital punishment, while seventy-four countries still retain some use of the death penalty. Throughout history, the controversy over the necessity of the use of the death penalty has continued. Many oppose the death penalty on basis of moral and ethical grounds, but one must keep in mind that capital punishment is not an excessive and unnecessary form of punishment for those who knowingly and intentionally commit a severe crime in premeditation and that the words “kill,” “murder,” and “execute” are not interchangeable. Once a person…show more content…
Therefore, the death penalty can be used to deter future murderers and in turn will spare the lives of potential victims.

Justice demands that those convicted of heinous crimes, typically of murder should be sentenced to death. Justice is essentially a matter of ensuring that everyone is treated equally. Therefore, it requires that society imposes on criminals’ losses equal to those that they have imposed on the victims. In other words, “an eye for an eye,” where offenders deserve the most severe punishment possible: the death penalty. Any lesser punishment than this undermines the value of a just society.

“A just society requires the death penalty in exchange for taking a life. When someone takes a life, the balance between justice and injustice is upset. Unless the balance is restored society becomes subject to violence and only the taking of the murderer’s life can restore balance and show society that murder and many crimes like it are intolerable and are punished in kind.” ("Death Penalty A Curriculum for High School Students and Teachers")

To satisfy legal justice if one has committed murder or any other serious crime, then to restore balance they must die as well. By taking the offender’s life, society will know that such acts are intolerable and will not go unpunished. Therefore, by inflicting the death penalty on those who have deliberately inflicted crimes on others, society ensures justice for all.

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