Ethics - 1 The Death Penalty Bethany Fargher Instructor Latasha Fleming PHI200 Mind and Machine 2 The Death Penalty Tension in today's society is

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1 The Death Penalty Bethany Fargher Instructor Latasha Fleming PHI200: Mind and Machine March 14, 2011
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2 The Death Penalty Tension in today's society is whether the death penalty serves as a justified and valid form of punishment. When the word "death penalty" is said people start arguing. One side states should this person be executed, the other side puts up a fight for that person. Crime is an evident part of society, and everyone is aware that something must be done about it. There is way too much crime going on in our world and people know that and don’t do anything to stop it. As history tells us, capital punishment, whose definition is "the use of death as a legally sanctioned punishment," is an acceptable and efficient means of deterring crime. Today, the death penalty remains an effective method of punishment for murder and other heinous crimes. There is debate over the morals and effectiveness of such a harsh sentence, but yet it is still being used today. Most commonly, the death penalty is challenged as a violation of the Eighth Amendment, which says that the U.S. cannot use "cruel and unusual" punishment. We still don’t do anything about what is being done to the people. Due to the fact that "punishment" is a legal infliction of suffering, it must be somewhat "cruel. The purpose of our entire criminal justice system is to protect the rights of life, liberty, and property for all its citizens. To do this, the punishment for crime must be harsh enough to deter potential criminals. I think with the crimes being committed there is no point keeping the person that did the crime alive if it was that bad in first place. Meaning say I went and kill a kid because he looked at me wrong, I would want to be killed right away if I was sentenced to death penalty why sit and wait in prison for it just get it over with then. I hope you understood what I’m trying to say. Under this mindset, the death penalty makes perfect sense. Here is a punishment that truly makes a criminal pay for his crime, stops the criminal from committing it again, and deters other criminals from committing
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3 the same crime. But then what is the death penalty saying, it wasn’t right for them to kill someone but what is the person doing that injects that person that did the crime? He is basically
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This note was uploaded on 08/24/2011 for the course ENG 225 taught by Professor Richardbair during the Spring '10 term at Ashford University.

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Ethics - 1 The Death Penalty Bethany Fargher Instructor Latasha Fleming PHI200 Mind and Machine 2 The Death Penalty Tension in today's society is

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