Essay on The Death Penalty in Modern Society

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Since the reinstatement of the death penalty by the Supreme Court in 1976 there have been 1,245 criminals legally put to death as a punishment for a multitude of disturbing crimes (6). The death penalty’s reinstatement as a possible punishment for crimes ranging from treason to murder has brought the constitutionality and morality of the punishment into question by anti-capital punishment protesters. This has led to a great deal of debate between pro- and anti- capital punishment supporters. Defenders of the death penalty state that it is an effective deterrent and punishment for murder (1), while the opposing side claims that it is the definition of hypocrisy at an ultimate and inhumane level (2). The question of whether or not we should …show more content…
Crimes deemed worthy of capital punishment include murder, treason, various acts of terrorism, and repeated/aggravated sex crimes against minors (8). Because death penalty has only been carried out for crimes involving murder, since its reinstatement in 1976, murder will the main crime that discussed in this paper (7). These are five types of executions that are currently legal in the U.S.: lethal injection, electric chair, hanging, gas chamber, and firing squad (3). In all states with the death penalty lethal injection is the primary form of execution. Upon the prisoner’s request one of the other four forms of legal execution may be implemented, as to make the prisoner more comfortable (3).
From the evidence collected and presented here it is clear that the death penalty continues to serve a necessary purpose in modern society and will continue to do so for quite some time. The death penalty serves its purpose by protecting the innocent and making modern society a safer place for it’s citizens to live in through the legal and moral act of punishing society’s worst criminals.
In the debate over the death penalty, one argument that frequently arises is whether or not the death penalty actually makes society any safer to live in. The largest debate here is whether or not capital punishment is an effective deterrent to murder, or in other words does executing a murderer prevent future murders from taking place? The facts show that this is absolutely true. Statistics…