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   An article ran in the January issue of The 21st Century supporting the death penalty. I feel that it is important to print an article in opposition to capital punishment.

The death penalty has always been one of the most hotly debated issues in the United States. As our country grows older and wiser, however, evidence clearly points to the fact that the death penalty is not a good solution.

There is no question that killing another person is the most heinous crime that one can commit. I am not sure why, but it seems that our government is being hypocritical when it states that capital punishment is allowable because, after all, the criminal did murder an innocent victim, and therefore should be killed. This is known as the "eye-for-an-eye, and tooth-for-a- tooth theory." Of course, if we used this system all the time, there would be no need for laws. If someone hits me, I would hit him/her back. How simple, we can all be primitive again.

A second argument that some people use to support capital punishment is that the fear of being given the death penalty is going to stop criminals from murdering. How many criminals would murder in the first place, even in a state where there is no capital punishment, if they thought there was a chance of getting caught? Most murderers feel that they have a fool-proof plan to get away with murder. Unfortunately, most are right.

In response, I believe that the Bill of Rights, specifically the Eighth Amendment, prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. If there is any punishment much crueler than death, please let me know.

In addition, it is time to face the fact that our judicial system is prejudiced. For instance; in southern states, 8 percent of the black criminals who murder get the death penalty. Only 1 percent of white murderers get capital punishment. Also, murderers are seven times more likely to get the death penalty for murdering a white person as they are if they murdered a black person. This strikes me as blatant prejudice.

Finally and most importantly, no one, including a judge, is perfect. What happens if a person is given capital punishment and evidence turns up later which reveals that this person is innocent? If the "criminal" was put in jail, at least partial reparations could be made later. Obviously, if a person is given the death penalty, there is no turning back.

Indeed, it is not fair that murderers are often given parole after only a few years in jail. That is the reason that I would suggest those convicted of murder should be jailed for life with no option for parole. No matter how good the murderer is in jail, he/she should not be given parole. There are plenty of bridges and roads that need to be repaired. Let the convicted murderer work for the public good for the rest of his life. True, this will never make up totally for the misery of the victim's loved ones. But at this point in time, it seems better than the alternative.n


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surya_kThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 2 at 8:48 pm
Well, in my country, there is no "prejudice" against blacks, and also, the sentence needs to be confirmed by the High Court(the apex court in the state), and can be commuted by the president. The convict can also appeal to the Supreme Court, if he/she wishes. I live in India btw
 
BOBMARLEY said...
Oct. 8, 2016 at 8:59 am
NO! capital punishment is just. methods and rules are unjust except that's not the question. how could you live knowing that your relative or someone you love is dead and is NEVER coming back, and the murderer the one who caused that still lives - one couldn't live knowing that all they could do was send them to jail. the death penalty acts as a deterrent against those of whom would kill and decreases crime rates. in conclusion the death penalty IN ITSELF is just.
 
ambivalentThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11, 2016 at 8:25 pm
I'm definitely with you - I think that the death penalty should be minimized as much as possible. The only major issue I can think of is the cost of keeping prisoners alive vs. using the death penalty. The only way I can think of to solve that problem would be for the convicted's family to pay for their "housing" and food. Problem is, crime and poverty are linked, so I don't know if that would work. If anybody can think of a solution to this, let me know.
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
Big daddy 5 replied...
Oct. 29, 2016 at 11:49 am
Actually it it costs a lot more money in the overalls of the death penalty including the legal proceedings than it does for someone serving a life sentence
 
ambivalentThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 9, 2016 at 11:20 pm
Whoa - just looked that up. That's very interesting - thank you!!
 
ArtsyAuthorThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 11, 2016 at 6:04 pm
A worse punishment than death would be seeing your family/friends die, but not you. Also, you being tortured to death is also equally bad.
 
SparaxisThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 17 at 5:38 pm
Or being tortured until you lose your sanity.
 
Macy.Walden said...
Feb. 29, 2016 at 11:24 am
I like the article, but have you taken into considerations of how much money it costs per year to keep a prisoner alive and feed them and get them exercise? its about $30,000 - $40,000 per year. and as HafsaAhmed said, it should be up to the family of the victim.
 
lexi334 said...
Feb. 17, 2016 at 3:54 pm
thanks this is helpful for my hw on crime and punishment for Vo tech
 
Anonymous_ said...
Feb. 8, 2016 at 11:49 am
I think it's a beautiful story. Don't let your age determine the maturity of your stories.
 
vanessa21 said...
Jan. 27, 2016 at 3:39 am
I FEEL THE SAME WAY! I think that I was getting good grades but now they give so many projects and essays and homework I am just stressed losing sleep. I really want to fix this!
 
HafsaAhmedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 11:33 am
By the way the article was nicely written :) ! good job!
 
HafsaAhmedThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2015 at 11:32 am
I don't think I agree. The way I see it, death penalty isn't a wrong thing at all. The choice must be victim's family's. It depends what they choose. In my eyes that would be the fair judgement. If a person commits murder and kills innocent life, he deserves death penalty. He deserves to see what death really looks like. But If the victim's family chooses to forgive him then there is no point in giving him death penalty. He should be forgiven. Lastly, No, Death isn't the cruelest thing. How you... (more »)
 
Nicolette27 said...
May 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm
Thank you for such postive feedback! Im very happy you enjoyed reading it
 
Nicolette27 said...
May 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm
Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed it:)
 
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