The Justice of the Death Penalty Essay

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The Justice of the Death Penalty

Whenever the word "death penalty" comes up, extremists from both sides start yelling out their arguments. One side says deterrence, the other side says there's a potential of executing an innocent man; one says justice, retribution, and punishment; the other side says execution is murder. Personally I think it is time for Americans to take a stand use the justice system as it was intended, for the punishment of criminals. A big point of argument for the people against the death penalty is the accidental execution of an innocent person.(Royco, 370) Before deciding, one must remember the lives that the death penalty saves. Repeat murderers are eliminated, and potential murderers are deterred. One
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This allows repeat offenders to be back out on the street and gives them the chance to kill again. Dawud Mu'Min who was serving a 48-year sentence for the 1973 murder of a cab driver when he escaped a road work gang and stabbed to death a storekeeper named Gadys Nopwasky in a 1988 robbery that netted $4.00. This could have all be prevented if he was executed. Abolitionists claim that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent when it comes to crime. (Schwarzchild, 655) They say that the states with the death penalty have a higher rate of crime. The problem with this is that every state is different, each state has a different ethnic groups that make up the population, different numbers of population and other such differences including crime rates. It is excepted if a state has a high crime rate that there will be more murders and other such crimes that the death penalty can be used for. So it is unfair to say that states with the death penalty in use has a higher crime rates. As Edward Koch once said: "It is by exacting the highest penalty for the taking of human life that we affirm the highest value of human life."(Koch, 652) This was backed by award-winning Chicago journalist Mike Royko when he said: "When I think of the thousands of inhabitants of Death Rows in the hundreds of prisons in this country...My reaction is: What's taking us so long?