Nasiba Mardonova Ms.Trippoli, Pd:3Crime&PunishmentShould death penalty be abolished?12/18/2017Murder.It is inhumane and vile.It has been considered the filthiest act one can do.The ideology of murder has been developed through the years of human existence with corruption and ignorance since many centuries ago.People have been coming up with ways to punish criminals and each society has its own way for it.Throughout the history of the United States of America, death penalty was the only way to punish serious criminals.However, capital punishment should not be allowed for many reasons such as, it does not deter homicide rates, it violates the constitution, it is inhumane regarding the morality perspective, and last but not least,  it is irrevocable.Death penalty violates the “constitutional ban against cruel and unusual punishment”. (ACLU, 2012).According to the Eighth Amendment, ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ is forbidden due to its cause of unpleasant suffering on people.The Eighth Amendment on the United States Constitution states: “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”.Imposing harsh penalties on criminals, either as the price for obtaining pretrial release or as punishment for crime after conviction is prohibited by the federal government in this Amendment .The “Cruel and Unusual Punishments” Clause prohibit the death penalty, because the methods that are used for executing the criminals are very harsh and of course brings unbearable pain for the person being executed.Even the use of lethal injection, which is the most modern and “safe way”  for executions, contain potassium chloride which is for sure an intensely painful when goes wrong.”Joseph Clark screamed, “‘it don’t work”‘ and requested to take something by mouth so the torture would end”when the executioners couldn’t find a vein due to him being a drug abuser.(Botched Lethal Injections, ACLU) Therefore, all if these are “barbaric”, and violates the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution.There is no evidence that the Capital Punishment deters homicides.Whether the homicide rates between countries are compared, or the states within the USA that do and don’t have death penalty are compared, “there is no detectable effect of capital punishment on crime.The best econometric studies reaches the same conclusion..”(Donohue,2015).According to the charts of The Death Penalty Information Center,(Facts about the Death Penalty,2017) Texas and other majority of South states had the most executions since 1976, in which capital punishment is legal,and has the most murder rates compared to other states.”The South had the highest murder rate.The South accounts for over 80% of executions.The Northeast, which had less than 1% of all executions, had the lowest murder rate”.(FBI Uniform Crime Report,2016).One can see that the death penalty is not a deterrent for homicides,as claimed by many,before.The capital punishment is irrevocable.”Over 150 people in the last few years have been taken off death row because they were innocent.”Surely, there are “people who want to believe that no innocent person has ever been executed in this country. Unfortunately, “when you have this many people conclusively proves by DNA evidence to be actually innocent, there is no escaping the conclusion that no innocent people have been executed..”(Chambers,2015) We hear a lot of times that innocent people are oftentimes convicted of crimes which they haven’t clearly done,yet sometimes get executed for it.So many factors can go wrong when trying to find the criminal, including, faulty eyewitness identification, police misconduct, badly carried out crime scene, unreliable DNA evidence, etc.Therefore, the capital punishment is irrevocable mistake.However, some people believe that capital punishment should not be abolished, because they claim that death penalty is the correct way of punishment for the most serious criminals.But it is surely a mistake to think this way, because capital punishment is inhumane.It is understandable for the families of victims for wanting revenge with the death penalty, since they are going through suffering, loss, and grief.Fortunately, there are laws “to prevent individuals from pursuing vengeance and their own vision of justice.”(Simonovic, 2015) Even if a victim seeks revenge of a perpetrator, we must remember Nietzsche’s warning-“that when fighting monsters you must take care not to become one yourself” (Simonovic, 2015).One can understand with logic, if you kill a criminal because they killed someone, you will become a killer, too.The death penalty is wrong.In the United States, the capital punishment is a legal penalty, currently used by the majority of the 50 states, the federal government, and the military.There is a big debate on whether we need death penalty or not, whether the death penalty deters murders or not, or whether it violates the constitution or not.With all the facts given above, one can conclude that capital punishment should not be allowed for many reasons such as, it does not deter homicide rates, it violates the constitution, it is inhumane regarding the morality perspective, and last but not least,  it is irrevocable.Works cited: Steven G. Breyer, JD,  “Glossip v. Gross”June 29, 2015John J. Donohue III, JD, PhD, “There’s No Evidence That Death Penalty Is a Deterrent against Crime”, Aug. 8, 2015 Ivan Simonovic, PhD, LLM, “Introduction: An Abolitionist’s Perspective,” in Moving Away from the Death Penalty, Aug. 31, 2015Ernie Chambers, JD, Transcript of Nebraska legislature floor debate ,Apr. 16, 2015ACLU, 2012Victoria Grill, The Search for a Humane Way to Kill, BBC News, Aug. 7, 2012Facts About the Death Penalty, DPIC,November 29, 2017                  

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