The Ethics of Capital Punishment Essay

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Does taking another’s life actually avenge that of another? The disciplinary act of capital punishment, punishment through death, has been a major debate in the United States for years. Those in support of capital punishment believe that it is an end to the reoccurrence of a repeat murderer. The public has, for many years, been in favor of this few and pro-death penalty. Yet as time goes on, records show a decrease in the public and the state’s support of the continuation of capital punishment. Those against capital punishment believe it is an immoral, spends taxpayers’ money improperly, and does not enforce a way to rehabilitate criminals and/or warn off future crimes. Those who are for the death penalty argue that without it the…show more content…
While criminals must be punished for their criminal actions, “legalized murder”, as author Coretta Scott King put it, is immoral. The death penalty is legalizing the very thing that many on death row are charged for, murder. There is a multitude of lawful alternatives, to the death penalty, of reestablishing a better reputation for the criminals. The Constitution has no true right to allow such a felonious form of rehabilitation. Having numerous records of wrongfully accused victims, the death penalty is an unjust form of punishment. According to Neil a. Lewis, of the New York Times, “publicity about cases other murder in which DNA testing resulted in freeing people who had been wrongfully convicted of crimes” has left a decrease in public acceptance of the death penalty. Other statistics show that in the early 1900’s, the death penalty was quite popular and was a time period of heavily racist communities, “53.5% of those executed were black Americans” (King). The death penalty was used as another form of racist lynching, like the unsuccessful Scottsboro trial. Two white southern women accused eight African American males of raping them, but there was no evidence showing of the rapes. Luckily, the men were released, but unlike many others instances racism created a strong ‘need’ for the death penalty. In other instances, such as the Clutter family
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