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Is the death penalty the best protection from a murderer? Is justice for the victim achieved through the death penalty?

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Name: Do Huu Minh Khoa Instructor: Miss Hamidah Question: Is the death penalty the best protection from a murderer? Is justice for the victim achieved through the death penalty? As the 21st century begins, Americans are bombarded with the growing report of murders, violent crimes, especially the recent attacks of terrorists all over the country. The society has created many punishments to discourage such crimes and damages, furthermore, to ask the murderers to pay back what they have done. Since the society has the highest interest in preventing murder, it should use the strongest and most severe punishment available to deter murder, and that is no other than the death penalty, which has existed for thousands of years. The death penalty is considered as the legal infliction of death for violating criminal law, the right of taking a human's life is a serious problem, so the issue has continually created tension and debates in today society. Whenever the word "death penalty" comes up, extremists from both sides start yelling out their arguments. One side says deterrence, the other side says there is a potential of executing the innocents, one says justice, retribution and punishment, the other says execution is murder. ...read more.


It seems that if people commit a murder in the states that do not carry the death penalty, they will not be executed. The methods of execution also vary among the states, the most widely used are electrocution, gas chamber and lethal injection. They are the most horrible and immoral punishments ever practiced on human beings, people are not killed at once but suffer a prolonged time of extreme agony. However, the most serious problem that requires the abolition of the death penalty is the wrongful execution of innocent people. Recent events have proved a lot of people who were on death row to be innocent. If these people were innocent, the others could have been, too. As the case of Anthony Porter in Illinois, 1998. Mr. Porter sat in his cell on death row in prison while the hours ticked away toward his scheduled execution. He was scheduled to be injected lethal poison as punishment for the murder of a man and a woman in Chicago Park. While the lawyers were arguing about the issue, a team of journalism students from Northwestern University began to examine the case against Porter and interviewed various witnesses. ...read more.


There have been 44 people classified as mentally retarded to be executed in the United States since 1976. This is a conservative estimate, many inmates are not even tested for mental retardation before they are executed. The state of Texas leads the nation in executing the mentally retarded. This violates the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society. In conclusion, the death penalty should be abolished because of its ineffectiveness on many levels. The result also shows in the significant increase of people who oppose the death penalty in recent years. The death penalty fails its main objectives on protecting society against the murder or any heinous crimes. Moreover, it is a barbaric form of punishment that should not be allowed in the United States, which is supposed to be one of the most civil nations in the world; it also defies the U.S Constitution which most American hold sacred. And above all, the most considerable issue I desire for the abolition of the death penalty is that no more innocent people may have the chance of dying in this system and everyone is treated fairly. It also expresses my hope for the peace of the nations, we will live in a more educated society where crimes and murders are hardly heard of, no more crimes and no more death penalty. ...read more.

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