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[Type text] Philosophy 106 Term Paper Dr. Becker/Jusin Moss QUIZ SEC 351 Capital punishment has become one of the most controversial topics in the United States. No matter if you believe it is wrong or right, there are many defenses to support both sides of the issue. Many people, who have an opinion on the topic, are not thoroughly educated about it, and hopefully this paper will help you realize why capital punishment is wrong. I believe that it is wrong to use capital punishment and there are other forms of punishment that would be more beneficial. Using capital punishment is also a violation of human rights. It is a form of cruel and unusual punishment. According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “every human has the inalienable right to life and the right not to be tortured or subjected to any cruel, inhumane or degrading punishment (CPUK).” The death penalty does not always go as planned, and is not always painless, so it should be considered a cruel and unusual punishment (CPUK). Many people think that capital punishment can be done with a simple injection, and the person dies instantly, but that is not the case. The poison must circulate throughout the body, and takes time to actually kill the prisoner (CPUK) There are other ways to punish prisoners, which are better than capital punishment as well. One option is just simply putting them in prison (PFH). I believe that a prisoner being imprisoned is more than enough of a punishment, even if they commit murder, the worst possible crime. Putting a prisoner in for life would take away almost all of their freedom, give them a chance to try and make some good of a terrible situation and would make them think about what they‘ve done. If prison doesn’t seem like a harsh enough punishment, another alternative is to
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put them in administrative segregation; this is where they sit in a black room for twenty three out of the twenty four hours of the day (Lock Up). Prisons are meant to separate criminals from the general public, while at the same time rehabilitating them (PFH).
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