Capital Punishment is an issue that has been argued over from the dinner table in
the average American home the the oval office in the White House for countless amounts
of years. The opposing sides each state their claim on why we should, or shouldn't allow
the death penalty to be administered to those criminals who the courts believe should be
killed. Each argument has very valid reasons on why the death penalty is right and wrong,
and they both have convincing points to prove their argument. The social problems within
capital punishment vary from it being morally right or wrong, humane or inhumane, to the
excessive time and money that is spent during appeals and stays of execution. This paper
will focus on the problem of the justice system, and why we should and should not grant
numerous appeals and stays of execution.
Capital Punishment has been around since the days of Christ, and its results have
not changed, only the way capital punishment is administered has.
States such as
California use the gas chamber as the means to end the convict's life, while Texas and
Florida have used the electric chair in the past, the remedy for death is now by using
leatheal injection to end the convicts life. Death has always been used as a way to deter
criminals from engaging in criminal activity. In the days of the old west, a man would be
hung if he was caught stealing another mans horse, and during the Cold War, death would
be handed down if you were convicted of treason against your country in many of the
nations involved. Today though, the death penalty is given in a selected amount of murder
cases where the jury or judge feels that it is the only way to go...