Death Penalty Are You For Or Against?
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Some would see the death penalty as cruelty to a human being, but in actuality it is just what it states it is: A penalty. A penalty is something that you pay whether by cash, trade, but in this discussion the penalty is life. Both sides will be discussed in the issue of capital punishment, and then you decide are you for or against?
The death penalty is a punishment that neither satisfies the criminal nor the criminal’s associates, or family. The death penalty is a crime within itself, to take a life in loss of a life does not restore life. The death penalty is murder, clear and simple. The court system is ill-adjusted during murder trails the courts select juries who only believe in the death penalty. How is this fair trail? If the jury already has execution on their mind, don’t you think it would be hard for them to be an objective jury?
This is an unfair and bias practice of the law. The death penalty is a vicious and inhumane way of placing a sentence on criminals. Not only is the death penalty cruel, but innocent victims have been on death role ad paid the price of a crime not committed. In some instances a stay of execution has been granted but this type of practice does not happen often, and is not typical.
Families who have suffered at the hands of a mass murder such as John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and the Waco Suicide killings these are all classified as heinous crimes. Charles Manson the Helter Skelter California killer as of today is still being questioned by psychologist, mental health professionals to understand the working of a serial criminals mind.
STATES WITHOUT THE PENALTY
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- West Virginia
- Dist. Of Colombia
A life sentence in prison is sufficient for those who commit violet crimes. Ever wonder actually how many states in the U.S. enforce the death penalty as of April 1, 2008 37 states:
STATES WITH DEATH PENALTY
- Alabama / Arizona / Arkansas
- California / Colorado / Connecticut
- Idaho / Illinois
- Kansas / Kentucky Minnesota
- Maryland / Mississippi / Montana
- Nebraska / Nevada
- New Hampshire / New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Ohio / Okalahoma / Oregon Dist. Of Colombia
- S. Carolina / S. Dakota
- Tennessee / Texas
- Washington / Wyoming
- U. S. Government
- U. S. Military
Denalty Penalty as Aggressive Punishment
Committing acts of violence should be treated seriously, and criminals should be made aware that the laws for those who do so will be executed. It is necessary to set an example to others who may have ideals of committing the same type of crime. Perhaps knowing lethal injection would be there end results it would deter them from killing a human being.
Criminals should be punished by the same measure of crime they have committed. Murders should be executed to ensure the public is safe from this individual. By using Capital Punishment the public will have 100% certainty this criminal has no ability or chance of ever walking the street again.
Although murders, serial rapers, and other demented crime offenders receive sentences of lie in prison this is not a guaranty that the public is completely safe from the individual. There have been numerous incidents of prisoners escaping from the penitentiary to continue their thirst to kill. These types of killers have a need for power and control over other human beings.
Distorted minded individuals crave the need for harmoning others, many have psychological impairments, mental disorders, and anger management issues. Crimes of passion is another area where individuals are notorious for harming their so called loved ones. The death penalty should be enforceable in every state, but legislators in Washington agreed to make it a State by State law.For example same sex marriage is another legal issue that is left up to each individual state to choose to approve or deny it as a law.
According to the Tribune Business News the death penalty was upheld for an inmate who wanted to be taken serious on his demands with the prison. His way of making administration listen to what he had to say was by organizing a plan that involved other inmates to lure a guard away from his post into the shower area. The inmate killed the guard to send a message to the authorities of the prison.This is just one example of the distorted thinking of criminal minds.
The death penalty gives loved ones closure for their loss. Life in prison is not permanent closure. The death penalty is satisfaction for all those who suffered. States that do not enforce capital punishment are gutless. It takes guts to give lethal injection to a human being.
The death penalty serves as a notice that citizens are not willing to tolerate criminals whether they are repeat offenders with rap sheet as long as Jersey or first time offenders. While researching I came across the most intriguing execution that told of Frank Coppola’s execution by the electric chair. The Arizona Times gives an account of Mr. Coppola dropping all of his appeals to be executed. Coppola was a police officer, who brutally subdued a woman during a robbery by killing her, slamming her head to the floor.
We know this today as excessive force. Coppola chose to send himself to the chair, according to the Arizona Capital Times he could not live with himself And gave the thumbs up as he was being put to death. This is a usual case of execution but it was his conscience that he could not live with.
The death penalty is certainly nothing new to prosecute those who have broken the law in the West during the 1800’s a man would be hung for horse stealing which is the death penalty.
Whose The Real Winner? Whose The Real Winner?
According to the Arizona Times the gas chamber was first used in 1933 when they switched from hangings. Overall the death penalty serves as a form of justice to all who have endured long court trails and reliving the agony of the torture their love one suffered before being killed.
Taking lives in result of seeking justice is not real justice. Different religious organizationals are opposed to the death penalty stating it is wrong to take a life for a life. Who are we to judge the sins of others? Isn’t every human being entitled to forgiveness? Taking away an individuals life takes away their opportunity of asking for forgiveness for all sins they have committed.
Criminals of death role at times do find God, and ask forgiveness, but what if they were executed before they have made their peace with themselves? The opportunity to ask forgiveness is shortened by the death penalty. Life sentences serves a far greater purpose than killing an individual for their criminals.
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