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

The death penalty; Can the death penalty be part of a civilized society?

Extracts from this document...


Arseny Knaifel 12JAS English Essay The death penalty; Can the death penalty be part of a civilized society? A comment on the death penalty on the example of the USA. The USA has a complex set of capital offenses, especially remarkable murder with aggravating circumstances. Those set of laws claim that murder is wrong, so in turn, we, the people of the government, murder you. These circumstances change from state to state, usually first-degree murder with conditions. Some states like North Carolina or Missouri list general first-degree murder as a capital offense with any aggravating circumstances. However, the death penalty is not a sign for a civilized society, and the following aspects should demonstrate why I think that way. The plain thought of imagining every execution that takes place can be satisfying if you are a victim party. Or it could make you feel disgusted if you are a liberal. The witnesses to the execution are usually members of the press and members of the family of the victim. They see everything. They see 20.000 volts of electricity being shot through a person's body, they see a man bound to a chair in the gas chamber when the deadly gas is coming out from under his chair and goes into his lungs, and they sometimes see a man being shot to death by a firing squad. ...read more.


When a political leader takes his side on the death penalty, it is one of the main aspects that person is looked upon by the voter. This is a major concern if you are a gubernatorial candidate, especially in one of the Southern states. The fundamental reason that capital punishment should be abolished is the fact that we have put innocent people to death. Capital punishment is our greatest punishment, it is irrevocable and if we as society consider it necessary, it must be perfect. Unfortunately for J. Tafero, it is not. Tafero was executed in 1990 for the murder of two police officers on a Florida highway rest stop. S. Jacobs was also sentenced to death with Tafero on the same charge based on a statement of a third co-defendant. In 1992, the Jacobs's conviction was inverted on a federal order of "habeas corpus" in 1992. Following the discovery that the chief prosecution witness (the third co-defendant) had given clashing statements, the prosecutor accepted a plea in which Jacobs did not admit guilt, and she was immediately released. Unfortunately for Tafero, he was executed before this evidence was heard. Also, there is the point of racism in death penalty judgments. A proved statistic says that, for a crime, it is five times more likely to execute a black person rather than a white. As seen in the film "40 days in May", E. ...read more.


D. Harding was executed by lethal gas in 1992 for the shooting deaths of two businessmen in a hotel room after torturing them. His execution went according to plan, until Harding refused to breathe deeply as is required for the gas to penetrate the blood vessels in the brain. His body resisted and he screamed for over six minutes. Death was not pronounced until ten minutes after the gas was released. Usually it takes a matter of minutes for a patient to give way to asphyxiation (lack of blood supply to the brain). A television news reporter that witnessed the execution claimed that, "We put animals to death more humanely than this." Other people who witnessed the execution were "walking vegetables" during the following days while another journalist suffered from insomnia. This might be savage justice, but not true justice. The death penalty is a practice that must be eliminated from today's society. With the many advances that society has made, executing people for crimes the person may have or may not have committed is still practiced. This is one of those issues in which our society should move forward from inhuman punishment and treatment. Not only is there a risk of executing the wrong person, but the way in which people are executed isn't humane. In order for society to be allowed to kill criminals, everything involved must be accurate and effective. The capital punishment system is not effective, and not completely justified. No proper civilized society can establish death penalty as it's a sign of inhumanity and disrespect to the planet earth. ...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. death penalty - agree/disagree

    Another disadvantage is that due to death penalty is a risk of injustice. It means that someone that has been put to death penalty would transpire that they were innocent. After wards it wouldn't be possible to move back the judgment as it would be with prison's case.

  2. The Impact of the Black Death on the Christian Faith

    In the midst of all that was happening, the order of human and divine laws had almost dwindled to nothing. The officers that enforced both types of these laws were either sick, dead, or shut up away with their families to protect themselves from the plague.

  1. Dead man walking - Film analysis

    When she finally let Helen in and they got talking, she seemed very stressed, and it was as if she was on the verge of crying. She seems very angry about what Matthew had done.

  2. The death Penalty - persuasive essay.

    There is also much prejudice when dealing with the criminals economic status. Instead of giving all accused criminals fair trials, good lawyers, and equal representation, those criminals who don't have much money are very likely to lose the case.

  1. Death Penalty Opinion.

    Both quotes prove that the murderer deserves to die and it was his own actions that has placed his unmerciful soul in the death row. Society has the right to kill in defence of its members, just as an individual has the right to kill in self defence for his or her own personal safety.

  2. The death penalty

    European states and signed by one other; and the - Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty, which has been ratified by eight states. Protocol No. 6 concerns the abolition of the death penalty in peacetime, whereas the other two protocols provide for the

  1. Black Death, epidemic of plague which ravaged Europe in the mid-14th century.

    As well as the encouragement of better hygiene and sanitation, they ordered the restriction of the movement of people and goods; the isolation of the infected, or their removal to outlying hospitals ("pest houses"); prompt burial of the victims in overflow cemeteries ("plague pits")

  2. Critically evaluate arguments for and against the death penalty.

    After he had re-instated the death penalty in New York, in his article, he states that murders went down one third11. Discrimination issues have also caused much controversy among the individuals convicted and sentenced to the death penalty. Amnesty International stated that it was found in Philadelphia that "African-American defendants

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