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Nakiya Steen Chapter 4 Punishment and the Death Penalty S. Riley March 3, 2018 According to Merriam Webster Dictionary the death penalty is "death as a punishment given by a court of law for very serious crimes." Many Americans have a clear and strong stance when it comes to the death penalty, no matter which side of the debate they sit on. Supporters of this punishment argue that it serves as a deterrent to crime, and that justice is being served. My personal stance on the death penalty is costly, ineffective, and most importantly, unjust. The purpose of our criminal justice system is to deter crime, rehabilitate convicts, and incapacitate hardened criminals. Life in prison allows for rehabilitation, whereas death is final. The death penalty ultimately twists the purpose of the criminal justice system and makes it about: institutionalized revenge, emotional closure, racial violence, and monetary cost. The death penalty is the bluntest of "blunt instruments," it removes the individual's humanity and with it any chance of rehabilitation and their giving something back to society.
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