The Debate Over Capital Punishment

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For many year, the death penalty has been widely debated throughout the United States. We as a country are divided on this topic; half believing it is unjust, unconstitutional, inhumane, and cruel. The other half believing it is morally just and constitutional. Those thinking it is cruel want capital punishment abolished. The others want to see it revised and maintained. Capital punishment is being sentenced to death and executed for committing various crimes. Usually, it is reserved for convicted murder cases, but had been used for others such as: armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, and treason. Only about sixty countries still use capital punishment – the United States included. Canada, Australia, and most European and Latin …show more content… As it turns out, many death penalty supporters interpret the biblical phrase “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” to mean that those who commit murder should meet the same fate. Even Barack Obama has said he supports the death penalty but he thinks it should be reserved for truly heinous crimes. (Taylor) Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote that simply because an execution method may result in pain, either by accident or as an inescapable consequence of death, doesn’t establish the sort of “objectively intolerable risk of harm” (quoting the opinion of the court from Farmer v. Brennan) that qualifies as cruel and unusual. In fact, Kentucky has adopted a method of execution believed to be the most humane available. It shares this method with at least thirty five other states. Even though throughout our history, whenever a method of execution has been challenged in Court as cruel and unusual, the Court has rejected the challenge. Society has nonetheless steadily moved to more humane methods of carrying out capital punishment.
Retribution and costs fall under some negatives about the death penalty. Raymond A. Schroth, SJ says retribution is just another word for revenge. It’s understandable but useless in a
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