In Oregon, we have the option of sentencing convicted murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. There are currently over people in Oregon who have received this sentence.
Share1 Shares 1K The existence of the death penalty in any society raises one underlying question: The lister has set out to examine both sides of the debate over the ethics and legality of capital punishment, especially in the US, and chooses neither side in any of the following entries.
They are not presented in any meaningful order. It Teaches the Condemned Nothing What is the purpose of punishment?
We take our lead from one major source, our parents—and they no doubt took their lead from their own parents. When your young child emulates what he just saw in a Rambo movie, you give him a stern lecture about what is real and what is not, what is acceptable in real life and what is not.
When your child tries some crazy acrobatic move off a piece of furniture and hurts himself, you might spank him to be sure that he remembers never to do it again.
So when the child grows up, breaks into a home, and steals electronics, he gets caught and goes to prison. His time in prison is meant to deprive him of the freedom to go where he wants anywhere in the world, and to do what he wants when he wants.
This is the punishment, and most people do learn from it. In general, no one wants to go back. But if that child grows up and murders someone for their wallet or just for fun, and they are in turn put to death, they are taught precisely nothing, because they are no longer alive to learn from it.
We cannot rehabilitate a person by killing him or her. It is the Ultimate Warning Nevertheless, if would-be criminals know undoubtedly that they will be put to death should they murder with premeditation, very many of them are much less inclined to commit murder.
Whether or not would-be criminals are wary of committing the worst crime is an important—and probably impossible—question to answer.
Murder still happens very frequently. So some criminals disregard this warning for various reasons. In a larger sense, capital punishment is the ultimate warning against all crimes. If the criminal knows that the justice system will not stop at putting him to death, then the system appears more draconian to him.
Hence, he is less inclined to break and enter. He may have no intention of killing anyone in the process of robbing them, but is much more apprehensive about the possibility if he knows he will be executed.
Thus, there is a better chance that he will not break and enter in the first place. It Does Not Dissuade If the foreknowledge of any punishment is meant to dissuade the criminal from committing the crime, why do people still murder others? The US had a murder rate of 4.
If it does not dissuade, then it serves no purpose. The warning of life in prison without parole must equally dissuade criminals.
It Provides Closure for Victims There are many victims of a single murder. The criminal gets caught, tried, and convicted, and it is understood that the punishment will be severe. But the person he has killed no longer has a part to play in this.
Unfortunately, the murderer has deprived his family and friends of a loved one. Their grief begins with the murder. A system in place for the purpose of granting justice cannot do so for the surviving victims, unless the murderer himself is put to death. It Is Hypocritical It is strange that a nation would denounce the practice of murder by committing the very same act.
True—as a whole, we are not murderers, and understandably refuse to be placed in the same category as someone like Ted Bundy. But to many opponents of the death penalty, even Ted Bundy should have been given life without parole.
The fact that he murdered at least thirty people—for the mere reason that he enjoyed doing it—has no bearing on the hypocrisy, the flagrant dishonesty, of the declaration that such a person deserves to be killed because he had no right to kill.
If the goal of any punishment, as stated above, is to teach us those things we should not do, then the justice system should more adequately teach the criminality of killing by refusing to partake in it.
It was obvious that he feared being put to death. He did his best to avert it.Jun 01, · The murdering pedophile is given the death penalty, but will probably spend ten years beforehand in prison. He will most likely be housed in solitary confinement for his own protection, but there are frequently holes in such protection, and the inmates may find their way to him.
Although many oppose using the death penalty as punishment for murder due to the fact that there are options such as life in prison and it exhibiting a wrong message, the death penalty should be used for people who kill others because justice is better served, it is cheaper to use the death penalty in the long run, and it prevents criminals.
The death penalty is racially divisive because it appears to count white lives as more valuable than black lives. Since the death penalty was reinstated in , black defendants have been executed for the murder of a white victim, while only 31 white defendants have been executed for .
The death penalty is a lethal lottery: of the 15, to 17, homicides committed every year in the United States, approximately people are sentenced to death, less than 1%.
Capital punishment goes against almost every religion. Apr 08, · No, I do not think that the U.S should stop using the death penalty.
It isn’t even used in every state, so the U.S. should continue to ues it. The death penalty is a way of of showing criminals that your actions don’t just have consequences, but your life.
Jul 07, · And even if there is % proof of guilt, the death penalty should not be used. The death penalty is an expression of the absolute power of the state; by this I mean that the death penalty gives the state the right to kill someone as to make them an example.