Death Penalty

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"The Death Penalty" Capital punishment is one of the most controversial topics among Americans today. Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with an intention. In today's world, terrible crimes are being committed daily. These criminals deserve one fate, and that fate is called death. Capital punishment or the "death penalty," is the maximum sentence used in punishing people who kill another human being and it is a very controversial method of punishment. In most states, a person convicted of first degree murder has is probably going to be given the death penalty. Today's world of crime and violence calls for punishment of a severe act, and many people argue that the punishment that is necessary is the death penalty.

The death penalty can be used to preserve social order. By executing murderers you prevent them from murdering again and do, thereby, save innocent lives.(prodeathpenalty.com) If a person is just sentenced to life in prison when they committed a murder, then that person might escape from jail and might go on a rampage to kill innocent lives.

If the person is on death row, then it might prevent prison escapes and make others' lives save from that person. "Such wanderlust led William D. Davis and Douglas E. Gray to escape a Stringtown, Okla., prison on March 16. Both were serving life sentences for homicide. Davis stabbed a man 80 times with a knife during a 1974 robbery Cazares 2 while Gray fatally beat and shot a teacher in 1988"(Murdock). "A higher-profile jailbreak ended in a similar standoff. Michael Rodriguez, sentenced to life for murder, joined six lesser criminals in overpowering prison employees in Connolly, Texas, last Dec. 13 before leaving in a maintenance truck."(Murdock)Life sentences might not be a challenge for prisoners to escape. The can terrify citizens and sometimes kill again. To be sure that these people do not kill again, the death penalty should be done as soon as possible.

A lot of countries use the death penalty for many crimes. To stop the crime rate from rising, the United States must stop being "soft" country when it comes to penalizing criminals. The murder rate has risen to an enormous figure. In the United States there are five and a half murders on average per 100,000 inhabitants(disastercenter.com). Many of the offenders never get punished as the law says they shall be. The United States laws must start treating criminals like criminals and not like part of the family. The U.S. should really need to start getting tough with murderers. Letting the inmates have about seven years on death row and trying to change their sentence is crazy. If they are executed within three years of their conviction, crime would slow down.

The death penalty should be used all over the United States and throughout parts of the world to keep order. With the growing of inner cities, the death penalty is a growing subject that must be used right so that murders are kept off the streets. The death penalty for murderers is the right punishment. If they took lives from other people, then their lives should also be taken away from them.