Pro Preface When we are talking about Capital Punishment we are referring to the system enforced by the US government as it is today.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. The first place to start with the death penalty may be philosophical.
The purpose of our criminal justice system is to deter crime, rehabilitate convicts, and incapacitate hardened criminals. Philosophically speaking, life in prison serves these functions better than the death penalty. Life imprisonment is certainly a deterrent -- in fact, it may be worse than death itself.
Life in prison allows for rehabilitation, whereas death is final. And with supermax prisons, escape is no longer a real possibility, so incapacitation is served equally well by both. Therefore, any argument for continuing the death penalty is not an argument about criminal justice, but rather one based on some other preference, usually one which we would have to sacrifice justice to achieve.
That is, the death penalty ultimately twists the purpose of the criminal justice system and makes it about: Since the death penalty is not actually about criminal justice, that leaves one possible argument in its favor -- some sort of deterrence.
The reason is obvious: Further, is the death penalty a significant disincentive compared to life in prison? The reason for confusion has generally been the lack of a significant enough sample for any real empirical work.
However, while it brings no benefits, the death penalty does seriously undermine the the criminal justice system for three reasons: Germany is one of the many countries that has abolished the death penalty.
After the crimes of Nazism, the very idea of the state putting individuals to death is too much to countenance. Consider the justifiable outcry that would ensue if Germany reinstated the death penalty and Jewish inmates were far more likely to receive the death penalty for the same crime as a German inmate.
And consider if the chance of a Jewish prisoner getting the death penalty was far higher if there were no Jews on the jury.
There would be widespread accusation of racial preference. This finding was remarkably consistent across data sets, states, data collection methods, and analytic techniques. If the victim is white and the defendant is black, than the likelihood of death penalty sentence is 22 times higher.
I used to argue, when defending the death penalty, that if someone could show me a single instance of an innocent man being executed, I would concede. I knew that this would be tough. After all, most murder investigations end when the accused is killed by the state.
But there is ample evidence that we have already killed an innocent man. Or Cameron Todd Willingham. The justice system, if it is anything, must be greater than institutionalized revenge.
The death penalty turns the justice system from a mechanism of controlled force aimed at eliminating violence, to a system of violence itself.
Rather than move our society towards mutual cooperation and understanding, we have institutionalized the very "eye for an eye" justice we have sought to end. The death penalty undermines the very purpose of our criminal justice system.
Since the death penalty does not serve any purpose that cannot be served through the justice system without it, and any potential benefits already shown to be illusory would serve ancillary ends, it should be abolished -- again. Follow Sean McElwee on Twitter:The Death Penalty is a broken system and should be abolished.
Conclusion Capital Punishment is a human rights violation, slays innocents, racially biased, and corrupt. The Death Penalty Should Be Abolished (benjaminpohle.comlaropinion) submitted 1 year ago by in states where the death penalty was abolished, murder rates went down and stayed down.
permalink; I'm not going to advocate that we put people to death because the prison system is broken.
This debate is going in circles, so I'm gonna go ahead and. The Death Penalty is a broken system and should be abolished immediately. Conclusion I conclude that we should abolish Capital Punishment because it violation of rights, it kills innocent people, morality unjustified, and is racially biased.
Jul 08, · The United States needs to abolish the death penalty. It's archaic, costly, ineffective, and most importantly, unjust. The first place to start with the death penalty may be philosophical.
The Death Penalty is a broken system and should be abolished immediately. Conclusion I conclude that we should abolish Capital Punishment because it violation of rights, it kills innocent people, morality unjustified, and is racially biased.
As Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent in June observes, the uncertainty that prevails over the death penalty system is in itself a form of cruelty that should be forbidden by the Eighth Amendment.