The Death Penalty Is Not Justice

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“To take a life when a life has been lost is revenge, not justice.” -Desmond Tutu
The death penalty is a legal punishment practiced worldwide, which includes execution being the punishment, mandated to someone convicted of a crime. The death penalty has existed since 1700 B.C. when the Code of Hammurabi was a legal document in ancient Babylonia. Ever since the Code of Hammurabi many countries have adopted this punishment including the United States. When European settlers came to America, Americans obtained the death penalty. During the establishment of the Constitution, framers continued the custom which led to the eighth amendment. “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…” (Constitution 1). It is often argued that the death penalty should be continued because of the establishment of the eighth amendment. However, the eighth amendment contradicts with the basic human right or “right to life”. The Universal Declaration of Human rights states in Article 3 “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” (United Nations 1). Also, in Article 5 it states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” (United Nations 1). Therefore, the death
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