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Should There Be Capital Punishment Essay

Capital Punishment

There have been many controversies on the topic of capital punishment and its role within society. Capital punishment is also known as the "death penalty." This is when a person has committed a crime that is punishable by death via fatal injection. When a person is convicted of a crime that is punishable by death, he or she is then placed on what is known as death row. This is the line, or waiting period, before the actual death sentence is administered. Many times while people are awaiting his or her capital punishment, there is a process or series of appeals that are filed in order to try to get that person off of death row. However, attorneys are not always successful and there are still people who are put to death.

In regards to the acceptance of capital punishment, the use of this punishment is not always active in all states across the nation. There have been many states that have banned the use of this punishment, and then a couple years later a new administration will reactivate the punishment. The act of using capital punishment to atone for one's actions or crimes is used all around the world in different countries. It is a controversial issue because so many people feel very strongly for the use of the death sentence, and others feel very strongly against the use of it. The people who feel strongly for the use of the death sentence typically site the fact that they feel as though it is only right to take the life of someone who has taken the lives of others. Then there is another side to the argument where people site the fact that they feel as though it does not justify killing a human being just because he or she did it to another. Both sides of the argument make valid points and support their arguments with strong evidence.

When it comes to capital punishment, the various societies around the world have to come to a majority decision on what is right for them. There is no one "right" answer for the entire world, because the different governments through out time will ultimately change the regulations again, and again. This is a difficult decision to make especially because it is the matter of putting another person's life in the hands of the people and the government. It is not likely that there will ever be a unified view on this topic.

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1: The death penalty may seem like [a great idea/a horrific torture], but [did you know/were you aware] that it is available in 30 states? The killing of a [criminal/wrongdoer] is something that is [permitted by the government/government sanctioned] and that is [a good thing/very wrong]. [thesis statement]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: Much controversy surrounds [the death penalty/capital punishment]. The idea of killing someone [as a consequence/in punishment] of a crime seems [cruel/just] to many, but others [are for/are against/protest] it. In fact, the death penalty is [thesis statement].

  • Certain crimes require a o-strong="er punishment for deterrence and capital punishment is the ultimate deterrent.
  • You cannot rehabilitate some people and these people should be put to death.
  • The death penalty does not allow for rehabilitation or repentance. If the person is killed, they cannot fix their ways.
  • Every human deserves the chance at life, no matter what they have done and we cannot take that right away.

Amnesty International

Bureau of Justice Capital Punishment

Death Penalty Fact Sheet

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