Is the Death Penalty Justified? By: NIcole Tek

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there has been 1446 executions since the year of 1976. Although 61% of people view capital punishment as morally acceptable, there are two sides to this argument, in which one is against the death penalty and the other is for it (“Is the death penalty moral? What do religious groups say?” n. d.).

Capital punishment dates as far back as the 18th century BC in the Code of Hammurabi of Babylon. King Hammurabi made the death penalty used as a punishment for twenty-five crimes, and murder was not one of them (Reggie, n. d.). According to “Part I: History of the Death Penalty," America was influenced by Britain to use the death penalty, in which its laws were different in every colony. During the early times of the colonies, there were not human right laws in place, so the capital punishments were very harsh. As time goes on, the laws and rules of systems in our society have to change along with society and the people in it. The background of the death penalty shows how much it has changed as that times have changed.

There have been 1446 executions since the year 1976, in which the highest races that were defendants were whites and blacks, and when dealing with interracial murders twenty people were executed when the victim was black and 284 people were executed when the victim was white (“Facts about the Death Penalty,” Feb 2017). This means on average thirty-five people a year die because of the death penalty.

According to “5 Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty,” people argue that the death penalty teaches the condemned nothing, does not dissuade people from murdering, is hypocritical, is cruel, and prison is “hell on earth.”

Many people continue to argue for the death penalty in our world today. In the argument for the death penalty, people say that the death penalty is the ultimate punishment, it provides closure for the victims and their families, it is what all criminals and potential criminals fear, it is not always cruel, and it is the perfect punishment for those who murder (“5 Arguments For and Against the Death Penalty,” 2013).

According to “New Voices- Victims’ Families,” many families were relieved when the execution of their loved one’s murderers was over, but as time moved forward they regretted the execution.
Families with the most tragic stories even strike back against the death penalty, in which Lorrain Taylor whose twins were murdered says, “Revenge is not justice” ("Families of Murder Victims Speak Out Against the Death Penalty," n. d.).

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