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Is it ever justifiable to execute a criminal?

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Is it ever justifiable to execute a criminal? "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Is this moral? All over the world debate has been going on whether it is ever justifiable to execute a criminal. Today, one of the most debated issues in the Criminal Justice System is the issue of capital punishment. In my opinion the death penalty, executing criminals is unjust in many ways. I feel this way, as it is not justifiable to kill people. The death penalty is merely saying that the government is above the law. If the people aren't allowed to kill then why is the government allowed to kill? ...read more.

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Unfortunately that is not the case. According to the International Debate Education Association, "Higher execution rates can actually increase violent crime rates. California averaged six executions a year from nineteen fifty-two until nineteen sixty-seven and had twice the murder rate than the period from nineteen sixty-eight until nineteen ninety-one." Obviously, proven by the above statement criminals do not take their punishment into consideration before they act out in violence. Since the legalisation of capital punishment, many states have made incompetent decisions. According to the International Debate Education Association, accounts for twenty three innocent people that were executed in the United States during the twentieth century. How many other executed criminals were unable to prove there innocence? ...read more.

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Are the real murderers still free and roaming around our streets? In conclusion, I think the death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman degrading punishment and it also violates the right to live. The death penalty has never been shown to overcome crimes more effectively than any other punishments. No matter what reason a government gives for killing prisoners and no matter what method is used, the death penalty can't be apart from the issue of human rights. Human rights are not given by governments and they can not be taken away by governments. Human rights belong to everyone. Of course in cases of clear guilt, it is easy to say they deserve to die. However, the case involves the death of someone somebody else loves and it is hard to say goodbye. Capital punishment degrades society. Why do we kill people to prove that killing people is wrong? ...read more.

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