Death penalty

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Ms. Paul

Eng 092

8 Aug. 2012

Capital Case Cost a Lot

As of July 2012, 1301 men, women, and teenagers had been executed since the 1976 Supreme Court decision that re-instated the death penalty in the United States. Death penalty also called capital punishment is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. In the United States, after several years of denunciation of such violence, only 17 states out of 51 have abolished the death penalty. Nowadays, 33 states, the US government and U.S military still use the capital punishment which is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights. Although over 60 percent American citizens agree with capital punishment, most of people, for several reasons claim that government should not execute people pretending this is justice. One of the main reasons why the death penalty should be abolished is that this form of punishment perpetuates the cycle of violence.

In the society like the U.S. which has a great civilization, the role of the government is to correct criminals and teach them moral values. It is not by killing them that the society teaches the sanctity of life. By the contrast, killing criminals trivialize the act of killing. That is why Kofi Annan, as the general secretary of United Nations, said, "Judicial execution can never cancel or remove the atrocity it seeks to punish; it can only add a second atrocity to the original one… So long as one sees killing as wrong there is no need to waste time with the deterrent argument, since it would be nonsense to try to prevent a theoretical evil in the future by perpetrating an actual one in the present." That mean this fact has not only...