Should the Death Penalty be Abolished

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Should the death penalty be abolished? 1 Should the Death Penalty be Abolished? Jerald Brooks PHI 103: Informal Logic Professor: Livia Muse-Johnson August 21, 2009
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Should the death penalty be abolished? 2 Society has always used punishment as a way to determine a crime. Murder is what society has the biggest interest in preventing. The death penalty is the strongest punishment available towards a murder. The idea is the fear of losing one’s own life than a would-be murderer might think twice about taking someone’s life. Edward Koch said, “It is by exacting the highest penalty for the taking of human life that we affirm the highest value of human life”. (Koch, 1985) Death penalty outliving its stay The death penalty has been used for centuries,”   The death penalty has outlived its stay here in the United States. Although the death penalty, has been around since 1800 B.C. We are now far more civilized than those who felt that death was the best punishment are. Our country was greatly influenced by Britain in the fact that when they settled here in the United States, they brought the "practice of capital punishment with them." (Intro to death penalty laws) Although it should be kept in mind, that many of these laws regarding the death penalty at that time in history were based upon religious beliefs. For instance if you did not believe in the "true god" you could be put to death. (Randa, 1997) Imprisonment Imprisonment alone does not stop a murder; it is not an inconvenience. Criminal law is meant to protect victims or potential victims. Even the Bible advocates the death penalty. Leviticus 24:17 says, ‘If a man takes the life of any human being, he shall surely be put to death’. (New American Standard Bible) Ask any victim how they feel and the majority will say they are for the death penalty.
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Should the death penalty be abolished? 3 Many things come from imprisonment, one in which should rehabilitate the criminal. It has been said that rehabilitation is a good way to help a person understand their faults. In many circumstances this never works. When a criminal return to their old environment some choose to leave the criminal side, therefore other people return to do such an act again. Two lives There are two lives to consider in a crime, the criminal and the victim. There are more pressure put on the criminal and the debate of the punishment that would fit the crime. Not enough pressure is given to the victims of the crime or, to the victims’ families. The victim of a murder does not get to live a full life; they do not get a second chance at anything. The criminal continues to live, and appeal the case against him/her. Difference between war, and killing. What is the difference between going to war and killing in order to defend a countries right to
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