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Capital punishment should not be the only justice for causing death.

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Certainly, capital punishment should not be the only justice for causing death. In many cases, where causing death is accidental or out of self-defense, capital punishment surely seems too harsh a sentence to pass under such fortuitous circumstances. Furthermore, the way capital punishment is implemented is questionable. For example, the effectiveness of its deterring future transgressors, whether there is racial biasness, or making sure no innocent parties are convicted. Thus, the reasons behind putting all 'murderers' to death may not be as justifiable as it seems. Firstly, the death penalty has not shown to be effective in the reduction of the homicide rate and there are indicators that such executions actually increase the murder rate. This could be due to the penalty being based on the need for revenge, thus reinforcing the idea that killing can be a proper way of responding to those who have wronged us. A 1998 research study conducted for the United Nations concluded "This research has failed to provide scientific proof that executions have a greater deterrent effect than life imprisonment. ...read more.


Thus, passing the death sentence may be more of an injustice as it may be used as a tool to victimize groups of people. Finally, capital punishment may not be so great a justice after all as not only does it accomplish nothing, but it also inflicts pain on the criminal's loved ones. Killing a murderer does not bring the victim to life, and thus it achieves nothing but the death of yet another person. In addition to that, the family of the criminal is victimized and punished by having their loved one murdered by the state. More often than not, the family is innocent of the crime. Thus, capital punishment only afflicts the innocent families and causes more harm. However, capital punishment may seem like a necessary justice to prevent further loss of innocent lives. The death sentence may be the only way to prevent unremorseful murderers from taking more lives. Many more innocent people have been killed by released, paroled or escaped murderers than innocent people executed, For instance, in New York, Arthur Shawcross was paroled after serving 15 years for the brutal rape and murder of two children in upstate New York. ...read more.


To counter the spread of seeds of genocide such as these, a stronger message should be brought across and that is best done through the use of punishment by death. Accordingly, the capital punishment is a suitable form of justice for people who commit heinous crimes such as genocide. In conclusion, capital punishment being a form of justice in response to causing death hardly seems like a good excuse for its implementation. In the first place, such a sentence may not be as much a form of justice as it is an injustice, as it may be used to aggrandize societal problems such as prejudice against minority groups and it victimizes innocent loved ones of the convicted. Hence it is fitting that one should not view the death penalty as the only justice for causing death as it is but an alternative that can be considered only under very special circumstances such as genocide. "The only justice for causing death is death itself". Comment. Done by: Alicia, Mianyi, Frank, Weicong and Trina ...read more.

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