English_Master May 9, 2016 No Comments
SHOULD CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BE BANNED? The right of the state to take the life of a person con­victed of certain crimes is deeply rooted in concepts of gov­ernmental sovereignty and has been recognized in England as the source of our Common Law and most other historic governmental systems around the world throughout history. In the beginning of the twenty-first century, many are begin­ning to doubt the wisdom of government sanctioned murder under the name of capital punishment in criminal justice sys­tem. There is debate over the morals and effectiveness of such a harsh and irreversible sentence. Most commonly, the death penalty is challenged as a violation of the Eighth Amend­ment, which says that the U.S. cannot use “cruel and unu­sual.” punishment. The purpose of our entire criminal justice system is to protect the rights of life, liberty, and property for all its citizens. To do this, the punishment for crime must be harsh enough to deter potential criminals. Unfortunately, the death penalty may just be an easy escape for the criminal. Criminals should have to face the enormity of the crimes they committed everyday of their lives — they need a punishment to fit their crime. If the society kills the killers, then the moral line between the killer...
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