Essay on The Pros and Cons of Capital Punishment

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The topic of capital punishment is one that is highly debated in our society today. Capital punishment is the ultimate punishment our society can give one for their actions. On the other hand, it is viewed as a denial of human rights that promotes more violence in our society. Religious Tolerance.org states that in the United States, over 13,000 people have been legally executed since colonial times. ("Religious Tolerance") Is capital punishment a moral act? It is not a moral punishment as it denies human rights, and the right to life, while degrading the individual, and serving no true justification of the action at all.

The death penalty has not always been popular in the United States. It arose in the early years of the
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As of April 2008, since 1976, Texas has had a shockingly high 405 executions. Virginia has had 98, and Oklahoma has had 86. These numbers show that the majority of U.S. believes that the death penalty is fair and right, despite many protesters everywhere. ("Death Penalty")

The death penalty denies the right to human life. The laws of this country restrict and harm one’s life when you have the ability to take it away. Often times people are not awarded a fair trial. This means that they do not have the ability to appeal the conviction. By doing that, you do not allow one to have the right to life.

The death penalty is not needed in our society. There is no social need to kill another for its actions. It does not meet any vital need of society. There is no evidence anywhere that killing a person will deter another from committing the same crime. The same crimes committed by people who are executed are continually done. The death penalty does nothing to prevent or stop these crimes. ("Amnesty International")

The death penalty strongly denies basic human rights. Why is it okay for a criminal to be killed for his or her crimes? Are they really worthy of death? A person can be killed for killing another, but one cannot be punished for other crimes with torture or imprisonment without trial. ("Amnesty International") Some say murder is a crime so evil it requires death, but why does society not punish others
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