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Capital Punishment

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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.

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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.

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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.

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