Capital Punishment

Fatima J.

      Is it right to execute a person who is “thought” of doing a crime? If so, what if the person hung is innocent. Criminals should be free until proven guilty, and they must be given second chances. As Thomas Jefferson said, “It’s better to free ten guilty criminals than to execute one innocent man” on http://www.brainyquote.com. Capital punishment is unjust and should be illegal.

Firstly, many people think of vengeance- vengeance is best served cold, but forgiveness is a great lesson of life. Fairness shows the life of a person can’t compensate for a crime committed and two wrongs do not make a right. Prison is a viable alternative to executing a person; however, even imprisonment with no chance of parole has issues. Some people are convicted wrongly, and they are proven innocent after they are executed. Deserved punishment protects society protects society morally by making the wrongdoer pay the price equivalent to the harm he has done,” said Budziszewski, PhD, the professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas. There are more than 2.38 million Americans in prison now and another 5 million remain on prohibition and parole. That amounts to 1 in every 31 adults in the United States in prison, in jail, or a supervised released. The United States has 5% of the world’s population and yet has 25% of the world’s prison population.

Secondly, executing people is not helping anyone and some people are imprisoned for the wrong reasons or no reason at all. Saudi Arabia has a law that allows the hands being cut off as a punishment of stealing. As you see, there are many types of ideas to deal with criminals around the world- as a nation has its own rights and laws. However, this does not bring back the stolen items. Teenagers’ under the age of 18 are imprisoned for life without parole. These people need our help they are suffering through life and they can contribute to society. Racial profiling is also an issue; many of the people in cells are African Americans or those of Latino Descent or Asians. People are being punished for crimes; at times the punishments are too severe or not severe enough. There are teenagers with their lives on the line; and they might commit suicide but let’s hope for a propitious future. According to http://death penalty.procon.org, from 1740 to 1839, there was total of up to 8,753 civilians executed in England. The peak year was 1785 with 307 executions because of the American War of Independence.

On the other hand, crimes of rape, torture, treason, kidnapping, murder, larceny, and perjury pivot on a moral code that escapes apodictic communities that would plunge into anarchy if they could not act on moral assumptions such as executing the wrongdoer. “Simply because an execution method may result in pain, either by accident or an inescapable death does not establish the sort of ‘objectively intolerable risk of harm,” the court stated. Kentucky has adopted a method of execution believed to be the most humane available; one it shares with 35 other states. Kentucky’s decision to adhere to its protocol cannot be viewed as a prohibitive of the wanton infliction of pain under the Eight Amendment. People fear nothing more than death. Therefore, nothing will deter a criminal more than death…life in prison is less feared. If someone murders someone else they have given up their human rights, including the one to stay alive themselves.

However, forgiveness is a virtue, we should not just murder somebody because then there won’t be any difference between us and them.

In conclusion, some imprisoned people are jailed for their ethnic group or race or just by the way they look. They may be innocent but prejudice and discrimination may cause them to be jailed. The death penalty is affecting states and people; the amount of people imprisoned for race is all due to prejudice and discrimination. The death penalty goes against our most basic human right- the right to live. No one has ever proven with numbers that killing murderers stops other people from committing similar crimes.