• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Capital Punishment

Extracts from this document...


Running head: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Capital Punishment Ernesto Galvan University of Texas at Brownsville Abstract Capital Punishment is a very controversial issue. There are many different reasons why as a society we have a system of punishment. Every decision that we make in life has some sort of consequence. One of the biggest questions is whether or not capital punishment should continue to be a way of punishment in our judicial system. There are so many factors that need to be taken into account, psychological and sociological problems. But at the same time one has to remember that people have committed crimes in order to have been sentenced to death. There needs to be some sort of middle ground that needs to met so that punishments remain objective so that it does not become an issue of God vs. the government. In all aspects of life there is a cause and effect chain reaction to everything that we choose to do. Everything that we do has some sort of consequence, whether it be positive or negative. If an individual chooses to break the law, they will suffer some sort of punishment. Punishment in modern day society can be looked at in many ways; it's a very controversial issue. ...read more.


The graver side of the scale would be capital punishment. Through this societal protection we are able weed out the bad seeds and make our society that much safer. One form of this societal protection is capital punishment, and it's definitely the most controversial. In 2003 there were 65 inmates executed in the United States, that was only six fewer than the year before (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2004, p.1), of these 65 inmates 53 were white and 18 were black ( 2004 p.2). 33 of the 65 inmates were executed in Texas alone, there was 7 in Oklahoma, 6 in Missouri, 4 each in Georgia and Virginia, 3 each in Florida, South Carolina, and Ohio; 2 each in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and 1 each in Louisiana and California (2004, p.2). Now the question remains, is capital punishment necessary in our society today and is it cruel and unusual punishment. More than half of Americans are in favor of the death penalty, 59% in fact (Sims, 2004, p.273). Most of the people that were in favor of the death penalty were white, republican, and tended to be in the higher income brackets, and lived in the western part of the United States. ...read more.


If we could learn to recognize warning signs we could intervene and save them. Perhaps we should be learning from these criminals not sentencing them to death. But on the other hand, how would society be if we were to leave all of the criminals to run free. Society would be absolute chaos because there wouldn't be any type of real consequence to anything that we did. Then the crime rate would sky rocket in no time. You think about crimes that are committed against children and you can't help but to feel like the only just thing to do would be to take the life of the offender. In times like those how do we really know that it's wrong. Regardless of any predisposition adults have a concept to what right and wrong is, so there really shouldn't be excuse as to why they should not be held accountable for the choices that they make. There is no right or wrong answer on the issue of capital punishment, for whatever reason it has been working for our country for quite some time now. It shouldn't be an issue solely God or the government. It should be decided on an individual level depending on the person and the crime that they have chosen to commit. The only ones who have any business passing judgment are the judge and the jury. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. Crime and Punishment in the Elizabethan Age.

    The ducking stool was a wooden chair attached to a large lever system. The lever allowed the chair to be raised or lowered without the tipping of the chair, making it parallel to the ground at all times. The chair was then lowered into the water, dunking the loose tongued woman under the water.

  2. Capital Punishment

    Historically, capital punishment is most often-associated lex talionis retribution. One of the most early written statements of capital punishment from the lex talionis or "eye for an eye" perspective is from the 18th century BCE Babylonian Law of Hammurabi: If a builder builds a house for someone, and does not construct it properly, and the house, which he built,

  1. Capital Punishment Workshop.

    It was about a young man who had a learning disorder was killed wrongly for killing a police officer. The director of this film gave Derek a kind and gentle character that was trying to turn over a new leaf because of his wrongs in the past.

  2. Capital Punishment

    No country in Europe allows the death penalty. However, looking at this from a more global perspective, other places such as countries in the Middle East exercise Capital Punishment. Criminals who have committed murder have their life taken as a result of their brutal act.

  1. For my Personal Research Study (PRS), I am going to research Capital Punishment.

    She was taken to Hampstead police station where she appeared to be calm and not obviously under the influence of drink or drugs, which she is alleged to have been taking by some on the afternoon prior to the shooting.

  2. The British Penal System

    Prisons since the past have significantly changed by countries providing the funds to improve the conditions. Imprisonment by countries was thought to be an effective method of reducing crime rates, however it can be said that if this was to happen, why aren't crime rates on the low today?

  1. Juveniles vs. Capital Punishment

    who is sentenced to death will not be able to commit murder again. When someone does not learn the first time, a harsher punishment must be implemented, and sometimes death is that next step.

  2. Capital Punishment Vs Right to Life

    The Islamic faith, for instance allows and the death penalty in the basis of their religious teaching and laws. "Take not life, which God has made sacred, except by way of justice and law. Thus does He command you, so that you may learn wisdom" (Qur'an 6:151)4.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work