A Time To Kill
In Cold Blood: Death Penalty
Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since the
earliest of times. The Babylonian Hammurabi Code(ca. 1700 B.C.) decreed death
for crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beer(Flanders 3). Egyptians
could be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burial
3). However, in recent times opponents have shown the death penalty to be
racist, barbaric, and in violation with the United States Constitution as
'...cruel and unusual punishment.' In this country,although laws governing the
application of the death penalty have
undergone many changes since biblical times, the punishment endures , and
controversy has never been greater.
A prisoner's death wish cannot grant a right not otherwise possessed.
Abolitionists maintain that the state has no right to kill anyone; . The right
to reject life imprisonment and choose death should be respected, but it
changes nothing for those who oppose the death at the hands of the state.
The death penalty is irrational- a fact that should carry considerable weight
with rationalists. As Albert Camus pointed out, ' Capital punishment....has
always been a religious punishment and is reconcilable with humanism.' In
other words, society has long since left behind the archaic and barbous'
customs' from the cruel
'eye for an eye' anti-human caves of religion- another factor that should
raise immediate misgivings for freethinkers.
State killings are morally bankrupt. Why do governments kill people to show
other people that killing people is wrong? Humanity becomes associated with
murderers when it replicate their deeds. Would society allow rape as the
penalty for rape or the burning of
arsonists' homes as the penalty for arson?
The state should never have the power to murder its subjects. To give the
state this power eliminates the individual's most effective shield against
Death Penalty essays:
Capital Punishment, the road to a corrupt criminal justice system, must be abolished for the sake of society. The death penalty is unfair towards society members, such as tax payers, innocent people, and the criminal as well.
... the Death Penalty, Guidelines for Judges and Juries, Jury Selection, and Sentencing Procedures." Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual?. John ...
The Death Penalty: Is the death penalty effective? Is it necessary? elaborate on how it affects society and the fact that innocent people can be unfairly executed
... in capital crimes. The death penalty is not racist and does not violate the cruel and unusual punishment clause. Capital punishment has proven to have good benefits upon the country in determining the consequences that criminals deserve ...
... Anonymous: "Death Penalty and Sentencing Information in the United States." Internet. "Death Penalty Statistics," North Carolina Attorney General's Office. 1997. Nancy Jacobs, Alison Landes, and Mark A. Siegel. Capital Punishment, Cruel and Unusual?. Wylie ...
This paper deals with two articles, one viewing the death penalty as wrong and one viewing it as right.
... the death penalty. The author exemplifies his strong perspective on capital punishment by explaining many individual cases in which people "suffered a terrible loss, and live ... these criminals have had to go through, and then explain to them "just how cruel it ...
... long life incarceration. It is a good suggestion that the government should change attitude and stop this cruel and unusual punishment. Works Cited Baird, M. Robert, and Stuart E. Rosenbaum. Punishment and the Death Penalty ...
... criminal justice system. However since the later half of 20th century, most countries in the world have abolished the death penalty completely or in practice. Capital punishment is mainly a communal ethical issue, as there are at least two viewpoints and ...
... a recent survey, it was shown that among all the inmates ever sentenced to death in the history of capital punishment, 2 in 3 persons had a previous felony conviction and 1 ...
... as punishment. In cases where someone was killed in self defense, the 'murderer' should not receive the death penalty. But when someone is killed in cold blood then ... the death penalty is just too cruel to use. I'll agree that mabey hanging and a ...