To Whom It May Concern: Though The Death Penalty Is Administered

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To Whom It May Concern: Though the death penalty is administered in an attempt to achieve both a deterrence and retributive effect, the outcome does not support either of these goals. Therefore, it is within this letter that I state that the death penalty should no longer be used. In recent years, it has been found, that the death penalty exhibits cruel and unusual punishment, as well as being racially biased. Additionally, there is an ever-growing vote that the death penalty should no longer be continued by U.S. Americana citizens. The death penalty, then, is no longer a viable form of punishment. Reasons for Going Against the Death Penalty Deterrence and Retribution By large, the reason for the death penalty is penalize those who are…show more content…
The object of deterrence with respect to the most important element, the induvial who has committed a crime, is no longer a viable reason for the death penalty. Finkelstein also comments on the morality of deterrence, however. Morals are subjective to each individual and even more so to cultural conditions. Therefore, the object of the death penalty on a moral basis, that is retribution, is no longer justifiable for the entire state; because moral traditions vary and cannot be translated successfully into punishments. “Deterrence alone, however, does not provide a moral justification for the death penalty… Traditionally, the core of the retributivist’s argument for any specific penalty is the doctrine of lex talionis, which asserts that a person deserves to experience the suffering he has inflicted on his victim… The “moral equivalence” theory maintains that what the perpetrator really deserves to suffer is a harm that is the moral, rather than the physical, equivalent of the harm he inflicted on his victim” (Finkelstein, 2006, p. 1290-1301). It is then that first, the core of retribution that is “lex talionis” does not translate into proper criminal punishment. This is because the moral equivalence that the criminal justice system sets out to inflict is one of moral harm rather than physical harm. The object of any sentence is to separate the convicted in a way that allows them to be rehabilitated. The object of retribution that follows archaic traditions of
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