The Death Penalty on Trial

562 Words Jan 27th, 2018 2 Pages
It has not lead to reduced crime rates. Contrary to popular belief, the death penalty has not done as much for society as its advocates tout. From the outset, the death penalty seems like a rather fantastic idea, and the answer to our problem. Scaring some sense into the perpetrator by threatening to kill them in-turn for their misdeeds may seem cogent, but studies prove otherwise. We must re-evaluate the purpose of the death penalty to see if it is fulfilling that purpose effectively. For obvious reasons the death penalty is a plausible option for many victimized families, as it satisfies both religious convictions and vendettas. The death penalty for many families is a way to make the hosting state do what the state will not allow them to do personally. However, our thirst for revenge may be keeping us from finding a better alternative to the death penalty.
Perhaps the act of revenge is worth additional consideration at this point. To begin with, we must acknowledge, “considering revenge is a very human response to feeling slighted” (Prince), thus it is normal to react according to how we feel. Even so, our situation often requires us to control how many times we let these emotions get the best of us. Throughout the course of life, we repeatedly act on impulse in which revenge is no different. In spite of that, it is…

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