Capital Punishment is wrong and should be abolished.

Essay by heythereHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 2004

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I strongly believe that the death penalty is the wrong way to go about punishing our criminals. What type of society kills its own people? The United States is one of the few countries left in the world to practice the savage and immoral punishment of death and our culture's morals have accepted the death penalty as a reasonable punishment. However, who gives us the power to determine when someone's life should end. Who makes us God? People who murder others should be punished and pay the price of their crime, but not killed. Our society feels so strongly that murder is wrong and criminals should be killed, when in all actuality, we are committing the exact same horrendous deed. Is an eye for an eye really just? Capital punishment is extremely wrong for several reasons.

Several states in our country have adopted the death penalty as a reasonable act.

However, there has been no significant decline in violence among these states and others, proving that capital punishment does not deter crime. Murder and other crimes of violence are not always premeditated. A person may not plan on murdering someone when they wake up, but as the day goes on, an unexpected turn of events may happen. In the heat of the moment, that person may end up doing something they normally wouldn't do, like kill another person. It's proven that most capital crimes are committed during times of great emotional trauma or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, when logical thinking is in no doubt absent. In such cases, a person will commit a crime of violence regardless of the consequences. How is the death penalty supposed to dissuade that type of incident from happening? People will always be killing other people and committing other horrible acts of...