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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

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. Capital punishment as a deterrent of capital crimes in America

    They murder rates from these years is also fairly consistent; from 8,060 to 9,140 per year.

  2. Capital Punishment: An injustice or a necessity?

    a chance for that criminal to get out and repeat their crimes. Many people strongly believe that life should mean life, particularly in the case of murder. However this deters the convicted from possibility of rehabilitation and redeeming themselves, this is evident from the death row inmate and former American

  1. '14 Days in May' - A Biased Report.

    She was just told to go home and mind her own business. The Mississippi legal system has been proved to have racism within its ranks as the white law-enforcement officer told the black woman to go home and mind her own business.

  2. Research project - The escape from Sobibor.

    Sasha and Felhendler made sure to ask anyone working in the shops if they were doing any special jobs for SS. When they said they were, they were given the job of killing and disposing of that specific SS officer.

  1. Capital Punishment - Justice or Murder? - Joe should never be set free, ...

    The last public execution was in France in June 1939. The last use of the guillotine was in 1979. The electric chair, also known as, "Old Sparky," is another method of execution thought to be more inhumane than burning, it's first use was in America in 1881.

  2. “14 Days in May” – A Biased Report

    As this man seemed to be very kind and dignified, all the prison guards (that were interviewed) and his fellow inmates were all fond of him. This programme showed many scenes of Johnson with his family where he embraced them and seemed to be very fond of them and they seemed fond of him.

  1. Capital Punishment: Justice for All?

    For many Christians, this is enough to condemn capital punishment. Those in favor of capital punishment most often build their views with a few verses in the New Testament. For example, in Romans 13:3-5, the apostle Paul appears to advocate the death penalty as an appropriate method to punish criminals:

  2. Capital Punishment, is it an effective or ineffective deterrent?

    In 19th Century, however, Parliament enacted many new capital offences, and hundreds of persons were being put to death each year. The theory behind this was obviously to deter criminals with the ever present threat of death for a minor offence, but on the other side of the coin if

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