Should We or Should We Not Abolish the Death Penalty?

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Should We or Shouldn't We Abolish the Death Penalty?

The 2014 Boston Marathon is approaching quickly. Last year's marathon, however,

unfortunately had a different ending. Two bombs exploded near the finish line only seconds

apart. The explosion claimed the lives of three; many others were injured that day, as well.

According to Matt Smith, a columnist, the people to blame were two brothers: Dzhokhar

Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev (par. 6). Dzhokahar has been rotting in prison since the event,

while Tamerlan was killed in police chase (Smith par. 5). Approaching the one year anniversary

of the bombing has caused mourning of the lost lives. This, of course, led Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to

be brought up in the news. Dzhokhar faces the death penalty (Smith par. 5). Some believe that he

should be put on death row; however, others believe Dzhokahar should spend his life in jail. Is

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev qualified to be sentenced to death row? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is not the first

and definitely will not be the last person to receive the death penalty. Capital punishment has

always been controversial. Many people want to abolish the death penalty of reasons due to the

cost, the error in the system, and the constitutional ban against cruel punishment. Meanwhile,

other people believe in protection of the death penalty because of closure for family, lack of

racial evidence, and the deterrence theory. Once again, people are faced with the issue: Should

we ban the death penalty or should we allow it to stay in place?

Opponents of capital punishment justify their belief to abolish the death penalty through

the argument of overwhelming cost. Death penalty opponents believe the cost of the death

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penalty substantially outweighs the cost of life in prison without parole. Capital punishment...