The Debate Over the Morality of the Death Penalty Essay

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Senator for Utah Orrin Hatch once said, “Capital punishment is our society’s recognition of the sanctity of human life,” (Brainy Quote). While the arguments for both sides of the debate over the morality of the death penalty are vast, the bottom line is that the death penalty does not disregard human life, but rather it reveres it, as Hatch said. Morality is defined as, “The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct,” (The Free Dictionary). One who seeks to protect a person who has committed a heinous crime such as murder is arguably not in accords with what is right and wrong. Therefore, although killing is generally accepted as being wrong, the death penalty is sometimes the only solution to bring justice to a crime; thus, in these cases, it is the moral thing to do.
Opponents of the death penalty will argue that it is immoral to kill any human being, regardless of whether or not they have committed a crime. A primary explanation for this is that with the death penalty, it is possible for an innocent person to be wrongly convicted and killed as a result. The loss of an innocent life is a tragedy, and in a case where the loss was due to capital punishment, it is evident that the form of justice consequently did the opposite of what it aims to do: protect further innocent lives from being taken. This scenario also results in complications outside of the victim and their family. If a person is executed for a crime they did not commit, not only was…

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