What would you do if you had someone’s life in your hands? How would you go about getting justices for families that have fallen victims of a crime? The death penalty is a legal process in which a person is punished and put to death for a crime if found guilty. Some people consider this as an ultimate violation of basic human rights. However, as a generation the is besieged now more than ever by terroristic activities and hours. It is necessary to embrace the death penalty as one of the channels of bringing justice to the perpetrators of these senseless crimes. Criminals today are so much more ignorant and uneducated for the most part, they commit crimes for the enjoyment and because they think they can without consequences. Capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, is a government-sanctioned practice whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The sentence that someone be punished in such a manner is referred to as a death sentence, whereas the act of carrying out the sentence is known as an execution. Crimes that are punishable by death are known as capital crimes or capital offenses, and they commonly include offenses such as murder, treason, espionage, war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.This punishment creates a system and a mentality that helps the country by reminding people that actions do have consequences. And with no consequences things would get wild and out of hand, it would revert to past times when the solution was just anarchy.Without the death penalty, there would be so much more violence and crime. In addition, the threat of the death penalty leads to plea deals and helps catch other criminals while also saving money on trials. Lastly, without the death penalty, the only other option is life in prison which provides them with free food, clothes, and shelter and leads to a higher chance of releasing prisoners due to overcrowding. Those who oppose the death penalty say it is just a revenge law and a way to comfort one family by hurting another and does not bring honest justice, it should not even be considered as a verdict.
The death penalty has been around as early as the sixteen hundreds and nobody really understands why for the most part. It was established so that people would stop vigilantism which is taking the law into their own hands and getting what they thought was their own justice, which throughout time has probably killed who know how many innocent people. It was introduced in the eighteenth century in 1608 in the new colonies as the highest form of punishment but then towards the late eighteen hundred states began either abolishing the act or treating it as if it was not an option. It wasn’t until about 1976 that all states in the US picked up or reinstated the death penalty and made it a known law again. And since that time over one thousand four hundred executions have been made which sounds like a lot but compared to over one hundred thousand murders there needs to be more. These statistics make it seem like the death penalty is useless and infective, but there are many different variables that play into how that verdict is reached. What these stats really show is that this law is not being abused and thrown around, it is taken in a all seriousness and given only in the most necessary and extreme cases. Not enough evidence, witnesses, alibis, testimonies, and not to mention technology was not nearly as good forty-two years ago as is it today so mistakes were made and things were overlooked. It takes a lot of deliberating and time, before this sentence is handed to someone and getting it right, is so critical so nothing can be left up to chance.That is also why now it is put into the hands and decided by a random jury and judge so that it is an impartial vote and fair to the defendant.
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer says that on average people who receive the death penalty have three trials which span to about fifteen years till a verdict is assured and made final, so that there is a very small room for error. Only seventeen cases have been overturned since nineteen ninety-two in relations to the death penalty. There would be a very high increase in violence and crimes without the death penalty. In Chicago alone last year which is considered to be one of the most violent and criminal capitols of the US the number of homicides was six hundred and sixty five which sadly was a significant decrease from previous years past. The number of people who received the death penalty was twenty five in all. The thought of how many more would have happened if their were not laws in place is frightening. This law should only be used as a last resort but sometimes there is just no other alternative to the problem at hand. There are currently one hundred and sixty two people awaiting death row who have truly been tried and found guilty or pleaded guilty themselves to the crime they were charged with. Not only does it stop those people for good and prevents them from hurting anyone else, it provides a fair system of justice for those affected by the tragedy that happened. Another helpful perk is that the threat of the death penalty leads to plea deals and helps catch other criminals while also saving money on trials. At any given time there is six hundred thirty six thousand Americans locked up around the country, and with all those people seventy percent of them will waive their right to trial and plead guilty. It is also shown that one of every eight federal convicts help government investigators with impending cases to get there sentence reduced so that is around 48,895 federal convicts helping catch someone else. Of course nobody who commits a crime believes that they are going to get caught, so when they do the majority of the time they panic and sell out as many people as they can to help them with their case. Along with on average, ninety-four percent of state-level felony convictions are the result of plea bargains, as well as around ninety-seven percent of federal convictions. The last thing the death penalty prevents is murderers receiving is life in prison which provides them with free food, clothes, and shelter and leads to a higher chance of releasing prisoners due to overcrowding. Jail in meant to be a place rehabilitation for some people but not for those who have taken lives. In jail they receive three meals a day plus anything they are able to buy from the commissary, a place to sleep, clothes with the ability to clean them, showers along with exercise equipment, social interaction sometimes, work experience, a chance to relax because they really don’t have to do anything, and most of all they are getting a free education. Then you have to ask the important question of who is paying for all of it and look in a mirror. This doesn’t sound like a person who has killed somebody should be given the access and opportunity to this lifestyle. Overcrowding is also a big concert when you throw a killer in the mix with the possibility of them waling the streets again. A total of 22 national prison systems hold more than double their capacity, with a further 28 countries operating at between 150% and 200% capacity.
Of course there are people who believe there is no sense or justice in killing someone who has murdered another person. People tend to say the death penalty should be abolished in our society because it is not an effective crime deterrent, it puts a strain on our economy, it may result in the loss of innocent lives, and it is usually on the grounds of racial discrimination.Those who oppose mostly say it is done out of revenge and hurt and that is morally wrong to take someones life just like that, they even go as far as to say that the death penalty does not even deteriorate crime it is just a inhumane law, those accused and convicted should just receive life in prison. But some people don’t believe that life imprisonment without parole protects society adequately. The offender may no longer be a danger to the public, but he remains a danger to prison staff and other inmates. On average there are 25,000 prison assaults that occur each year and about 6,000 of them lead to an officers injury and up to 25 deaths. Execution would remove that danger. Studies have shown that criminal activities and homicides were three times more until they brought the death penalty back. Those who oppose the death penalty have no real substitute for what should take its place and therefor they do not have a real argument. It is easy to say something should go or be taken out but there needs to be a new plan in place if you want to remove the old that is apparently “not working”, a new systems has to be introduced and actually viable or else there is a void. The death penalty was abolished but they brought it back for a reason so it must have been needed in a major way. That is because there is no alternative for the most extreme act of violence there is and that is taking someone else’s life by your own force or will. The worst crime deserves the worst punishment, how could anyone sleep knowing the person that took the live of someone who meant something to them is in a cell protected or out on the same streets as them. It is a thorough process that takes time, resources, evidence, and every measurement necessary to determine if the right person is being accused and tried. It is a fair and well put together system that has taken a lot of killers of the streets and deterred a numerous amount of crime.
Capital Punishment has been a part of the United States since 1622. In fact, at this point in time, there were no arguments over whether killing a person was immoral or unfair. Killing a person for committing murder or other serious crimes was simply required by law. Over the course of the next five centuries however, an argument over whether the death penalty should continue to be legal has developed. Opponents of the death penalty have voiced their opinion quite aggressively to the point where now 13 states across the country have banned executions all together and those states have had consistently higher murder rates. The Constitution itself indicates that the death penalty can be used. Amendment V of the Constitution states that “…no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law….” . In other words, once a person has gone through the due process of law, his life can be taken if he is found guilty. There is a common misconception that murderers do not think about the end consequence. If that was the case, there would be more killings by police than arrests. Perhaps most importantly, in its supreme gravity it promotes belief in and respect for the majesty of the moral order and for the system of human law that both derives from and supports that moral order. Contrary to the fact that many people feel the death penalty is a cruel ,and unusual punishment it is rarely cruel ,and it is reserved for the worst of criminals. The chances of prisoner escaping prison are really high. If they are able to escape prison and get away with it, then they can continue committing crimes. Although some may argue that death penalty is harsh because if you kill someone; and then you take another person’s life, then why should yours be freed? The death penalty is very under used with as much crime and violence as there is in todays society. If it is given to someone there are multiple chances and opportunities to make sure the crime fits the punishment and that the right person is receiving it.