Capital punishment (In Cold Blood) is practiced today in the U.S. and it is a reasonable penalty. This essay also relates to the book In Cold Blood

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Capital Punishment - In Cold Blood

Capital punishment is actively practiced today in the United States of America. It is not going to stop all of the horrific events that occur in this country, but it is better than just holding someone in jail. If someone commits a crime of great tragedy, they need to be put to death. Although, some situations should exempt certain people from receiving the death penalty. If someone is fully examined by a medical professional, and deemed mentally unstable, the appropriate punishment should be placed upon them, not necessarily capital punishment. The death penalty is a very controversial subject that has sparked many debates.

Capital punishment is a good deterrent towards crime. After someone is killed on death row, the only comfort one can get out of it is the knowledge that the person will never be able to hurt anyone again. Some feel that justice has been served; others feel its just another burden to have over their heads.

People that are thinking about hurting or murdering someone know if they get caught, they could face the death penalty. If they still decide to murder with the awareness of what might happen as a consequence, they deserve to face capital punishment.

In the book In Cold Blood, Perry is sentenced to death after murdering four members of the Clutter family. He had a full psychiatric evaluation, and the doctor came to the conclusion he had a condition called "paranoid schizophrenia." Should someone with a mental illness like that still be put to death? The answer is not always so clear. If someone is so mentally unstable to not know wrong from right, or show remorse, they should get the appropriate treatment. How can a person be punished for what they do not know...