Thanks for the debate Phantom. The primary purpose of punishment prima facieis retribution; rehabilitation is a secondary concern. Crimes are, after all, acts of aggression against victims where as rehabilitation is an act of restoration towards the criminal; it must thus be regarded as fundamentally unjust to put the benefits of the criminal IE rehabilitation above the benefits to the victim IE compensation and retribution. As Michael Moore put it:
Financial costs to taxpayers of capital punishment is several times that of keeping someone in prison for life. It is barbaric and violates the "cruel and unusual" clause in the Bill of Rights.
The endless appeals and required additional procedures clog our court system. We as a society have to move away from the "eye for an eye" revenge mentality if civilization is to advance.
It sends the wrong message: Life in prison is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent. Other countries especially in Europe would have a more favorable image of America. Some jury members are reluctant to convict if it means putting someone to death.
The prisoner's family must suffer from seeing their loved one put to death by the state, as well as going through the emotionally-draining appeals process.
The possibility exists that innocent men and women may be put to death. Mentally ill patients may be put to death. It creates sympathy for the monstrous perpetrators of the crimes.
It often draws top talent laywers who will work for little or no cost due to the publicity of the case and their personal beliefs against the morality of the death penalty, increasing the chances a technicality or a manipulated jury will release a guilt person. It is useless in that it doesn't bring the victim back to life.
The death penalty gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much. It creates another form of crime deterrent.
Justice is better served. Our justice system shows more sympathy for criminals than it does victims. It provides a deterrent for prisoners already serving a life sentence. DNA testing and other methods of modern crime scene science can now effectively eliminate almost all uncertainty as to a person's guilt or innocence.
Prisoner parole or escapes can give criminals another chance to kill. It contributes to the problem of overpopulation in the prison system. It gives prosecutors another bargaining chip in the plea bargain process, which is essential in cutting costs in an overcrowded court system.
Many see the penalty as barbaric and against American values. Others see it as a very important tool in fighting violent pre-meditated murder. Two things have once again brought this issue to national debate.
One is the release of some highly publicized studies that show a number of innocents had been put to death. The second is the issue of terrorism and the need to punish its perpetrators.Many more states began to abolish the death penalty, but still administered capital punishment for capital offenses, such as those committed by slaves.
A great reform and victory for the death penalty abolitionists was seen when Tennessee in , and later Alabama, enacted discretionary death penalty statutes: the circumstances of the crime. Capital punishment - The death penalty Quotations and overview of Overview of U.S.
capital punishment: The word "capital" in "capital punishment" refers to a person's head. prisoners on death row are generally executed by lethal injection. The United States is one of the very few industrialized countries in the world which continues to.
Capital punishment debate in the United States existed as early as the colonial period. As of it remains a legal penalty in 31 states, the federal government, and military criminal justice systems.
The announcement comes after a Pew Research Center survey showed an uptick in the share of Americans who favor capital punishment for those convicted of murder. Over the long term, however, public support for the death penalty has declined significantly, as has the number of executions in the United States.
Capital punishment is a legal penalty in the United States, currently used by 30 states, the federal government, and the military. Its existence can be traced to the beginning of the American colonies.
The American Bar Association calls for a moratorium on the use of capital punishment in the United States. Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection, becoming the first person executed by the federal government since