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Discursive Writing Coursework. (The Death Penalty) The death penalty is a subject that can be counted upon to stir emotion and controversy into any conversation or argument. The very concept provokes a perfuse amount of valid questions and opinions. We live in a world rife with crime and violence; therefore many people believe that the severity of punishment should be increased. These people believe that the death penalty is the only answer. Death is not the only answer, death simply acts as vengeance and teaches that violence is how we should deal with social problems. Proponents of the death penalty quote passages from the bible such as, "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," to try and justify their argument. This concept is clearly wrong, if these people were as religious as they claimed to be they would realise that a society that respects human life should not kill them for their sins. Only God has the right to bestow punishment upon these people. ...read more.


Regardless of this mans crime; he should have had the same rights as any other human being. There are many problems associated with this form of punishment, for example, innocence, money and racism. This is apparent after viewing the affect that it has had on the United States for so long. The main argument used by the death penalty's supporters is that the death penalty deters murders. They argue that it is the government's duty to protect its people by permanently removing murders from society. This would be a perfectly cogent argument if the death penalty actually accomplished this. After studying recent surveys carried out by The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, it becomes apparent that America, a country where the death penalty has been legalised in some states, has actually witnessed an increase in homicides. Death penalty states in America average an annual rate of 7.9 homicides per one hundred thousand people while abolitionist states average 5.1 murders for the same amount of people. ...read more.


However, placing a murderer in prison until he or she dies presents a problem. The murderer then has nothing to live for. They may commit suicide or further crimes in prison as they realise that they cannot be punished any further. The solution to this is a sentence of twenty-five years. This sentence is long enough to act as a punishment and at the same time it gives the prisoner something to look forward to. The murderer then realises that in order to gain back freedom they must change their ways and behave in a respectable manner to gain back their freedom. Opposing the death penalty does not mean sympathy with convicted murderers. On the contrary, murder and manslaughter both demonstrate a lack of respect for the gift of human life. For this very reason, the death penalty is wrong and should be abolished from the world. Criminals undoubtedly need to be punished, but severity of punishment should have its limits, beginning with the use of human dignity. A world that respects these limits does not need to use premeditated and violent homicide as an instrument of keeping the peace. ...read more.

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