Death Penalty Debate Essay

Length: 4 pages Sources: 4 Subject: Criminal Justice Type: Essay Paper: #36589286 Related Topics: Black Death, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Crime Scene
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Legalizing Death Penalty

Pro-death sentence

In civilized states like the U.S.A., there are various means of punishment that are meted out against offenders and capital punishment is one of them. This goes on in chagrin of many pressure groups who argue that this kind of punishment denies the convicts the chance to change and become good to the society and can also fall on the wrongful conviction. This is just one of the major argument fronted by the campaigners against the death sentence within the U.S.A. And several other countries.

It is important to know that deaths sentence, in as much as it is loathed by many people in several countries, it still persists in majority of the countries. In the U.S.A. alone, at the states level, there are 32 states that still have the death penalty as compared to the 18 states where death penalty has been abolished and at the national level there are more that 58 countries that still practice death penalty and several others on top on these apply it on some selected crimes (Death Penalty Information Center, 2014). This is a clear indication that death sentence has a central role in the deterrence of crime and maintaining the sanity of the society.

The abolitionist claims and reasons for abolishment are distant claims that have remote chances of happening in a refined judicial system like the one in existence within the U.S.A. There are fine measures put in place to ensure there is just conviction after a thorough evaluation at the evidence and it has been overwhelmingly depicted that the person in question actually committed the crime. These are processes that are long and fine and costs the taxpayers a lot of


Within the U.S.A. death penalty majorly applies to the murder convicts and some other serious capital offences, not any other petty case in the streets. It has been ruled by the Supreme Court that capital punishment is constitutional and not just some cruel and unusual punishment as provided for in the 8th and 14th amendments of the constitution of the United States and this should remain so as it targets only the heinous crimes within the society which if the offenders are not eliminated from the earth, they will live to commit it again, hence for the safety of the society, which is a fundamental aspect in the constitution, death sentence stands appropriate (National Museum of Crime & Punishment, (2008).

Death sentence should also not be abolished considering the damage the criminals leave behind at the crime scene and the community at large. Criminals subjected to death penalties left indelible marks in the lives of the victims. They leave deaths or permanent damages to life and health in cases of violent robbery. There is no reason hence to spare the person who permanently altered the fate and future of another innocent citizen.

Arguments that death penalties are not deterrent of crimes are misplaced. It is logical that the harsher the punishment, the more feared the crime that leads to the punishment or may occasion the punishment. There is no one who would love to die hence many people have avoided crimes that could lead to death sentences. Even the…

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Death Penalty Information Center, (2014). States with and without Death Penalty. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from

Michelle Maiese, (2004). What Retributive Justice is. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from

National Museum of Crime & Punishment, (2008). Crimes Punishable By Death. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from

Stephen & Abigail, (2011). "America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible." pp. 273.

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