Capital Punishment - Protecting Liberty

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Capital Punishment "" Protecting Liberty In the American society, the judicial system uses different ways to punish guilty criminals. One way is capital punishment, which acts as a deterrent to people committing horrific crimes. If people know that if they are caught for a crime, they may have to pay for their atrocities with their life, they may not go through with the crime. People say that innocent people will be convicted of crimes they didn't commit and get executed. Well, the United States justice system has made a great effort in the areas of pre-trial, trials, and appeals to minimize the chance of innocent convictions. Plus, it is also cheaper than keeping prisoners locked up in jail for life sentences. Finally, protecting the well being of innocent citizens is the main concern of the United States government and the only way to achieve such a task is by capital punishment because it protects the inalienable rights of the citizens of the United States of America.

Capital punishment should be legal because it affirms the value of human life, provides safety, and justice.

In America, all citizens have unalienable rights, which are "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness"� (Thomas Jefferson on Politics & Government). These rights are guarantee by the government of the United States of America through the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In order for the United States government to be able to guarantee these rights, capital punishment must be legal to provide protection for the citizens through deterrence from murderers. As in the article, "The Chair Deters,"� by William Tucker who writes "The place where the death penalty clearly intercedes in a rational thought process is felony murder. This is murder committed in the course of another crime-most commonly robbery, burglary, or rape"� (par.4). These...