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Brandon GarcesPhilosophy 102Professor Bradley9 December, 2021Why the Death Penalty Brings us Closer to JusticeA hot button issue that continues to remain in political discourse is the one of capitalpunishment. There are many ways of viewing this moral dilemma, but it often can come down toa binary decision due to the moral questions it leaves us with. Is it moral for us to have the deathpenalty? Is this a policy that is aligned with our understanding of justice? I believe that the deathpenalty is ultimately ajust act for it upholds proportionality in the justice system, recognizeshuman responsbility, and contrary to popular objection, is still just regardless of miscarriages ormistakes.In order for us to begin the argument of capital punishment, we need to address theconcept of justice. Justice has long been a philosophical topic of discussion for hundreds ofyears. According to the text, there are many different perspectives of viewing what justice is orwhat justice should be. One perspective that I advocate for is the concept of retributive justice.This type of justice focuses much more on the punishment of the offender than anything else.Now, it is important to note that this is not synonymous with revenge. Vengeance is the act ofseeking similar ends to retribution, but oftentimes the intent and the context of revenge is verydifferent and personal. Retribution in contrast is principled, and is only aimed at righting wrongswithout any desire to do harm, but to mainly provide the justice necessary for the situation athand. There is often times within debates of the death penalty that the conepts of rehabilitation,and distribution will come up. The problem with these two schools of thought is that they simply
do not provide sufficient proportional justice. Seeing rehabilitation as the main driving force ofthe justice system is like seeing the world in rose tinted glasses. We of course would all like tobelieve that people can become better, but the idea that eventually letting a criminal out and havethem recommit a crime is a much worse moral wrong than actually pursuing the harsh justicethat the death penalty is percieved as. Any chance of that happening is not worth the cost. Theleniency of rehabilitative justice should be looked at with caution, for it does not provide the

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Term
Spring
Professor
Thompson
Tags
Penology, Miscarriage of justice

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