The Ethics of Capital Punishment Essay

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Should one person have the right to end another human's life? It is a question most people have the answer for when it comes to capital punishment. Capital punishment is known to some people one of the cruelest punishment to humanity. Some people believe giving a person the death penalty doe's not solve anything. While other's believe it is payback to the criminal for the crime they have committed. There have been 13,000 people executed since the colonial times, among 1900 and 1985 there were 139 innocent people sentence to death only 23 were executed. In 1967 lack of support and legal challenges cut the execution rate to zero bringing the practice to a complete end by 1972. Although the supreme court authorized its resumption in 1976 …show more content…
Although the crimes they have committed has brought pain to other families executing our criminals brings the same distress to their families. One of the most prominent and influential cases was 1972 Furman v. Georgia. Where William Henry Furman was burglarizing a home when a family member discovered him. While trying to escape Furman fell and his gun went off killing one of the residents. This case is known to be unfair considering some jurors voted to have life in prison while other voted for him to be sentence to death. Furman was also seen to be very immoral, dropping out of school in only the sixth grade. Furman tested the lowest four percent of the intelligence test range, and was later diagnosed with being mentally deficient and having psychotic episodes. This proves that the death penalty serves no integrity to the mentally challenge. Although Furman had a gun he got scared and ran, meaning he had no intentions on using it. The death penalty is also seen be racist, it is said a black person will be sentence to death before a white person. Which is not fair behavior considering both black and white commit the same number of crimes. However, the death penalty can be costly where if you do life in prison. A 1982 New York study shows that litigating a capital case is 1.8 million ,while 40 years of life is only 602,000. Now with all the money being waste on the death penalty is it worth it so kill someone? Most people want to remember in life as
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