The Death Penalty MAG

By Unknown, Unknown, Unknown

   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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on Feb. 24 2011 at 5:47 pm
paleteenager PLATINUM, Fountain Hills, Arizona
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** you said to "let you know"

on Feb. 24 2011 at 5:47 pm
paleteenager PLATINUM, Fountain Hills, Arizona
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First of all, you should to "let you know" if there is anything worse than capital punishment, which there is. When you receive capital punishment, you are killed with a lethal injection that is supposed to be humane. However, for arguments sake, let's say this person brutally killed someone, but they are killed "humanely"? I hardly believe they deserve the right to die easily. Something worse than capital punishment would be extensively and brutally torturing someone but making them live through it. I hardly think that you have a distinct argument within your article, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

on Feb. 10 2011 at 8:21 pm
K.a.t.h.l.e.e.n. SILVER, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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No, I do not know any innocent person put to death for capitol punishment. Please provide some evidence to back up your statement.

on Feb. 7 2011 at 3:39 pm
forgive and let live, as the saying goes.

on Feb. 7 2011 at 3:37 pm
a life is a life no matter what, so in my opinion, the death penalty is unesessary. Do you know how many innocent people have been put to death, based on faulty evidence? In order to prevent that from occuring, the death penalty should be abolished once and for all.

on Feb. 2 2011 at 3:40 pm
K.a.t.h.l.e.e.n. SILVER, Plymouth, Massachusetts
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I disagree. You said to let you know if there was any punishment greater than death. There is, FYI. Capitol Punishment is in place for many reasons. Criminals who commit murder, only in the first degree, are put to death. Those who took an innocent person's life, who planned and thought out the killing, do not deserve to be housed and fed with taxpayer money. They are a threat to society and Americans do not deserve to be put in danger!

Amora said...
on Feb. 2 2011 at 3:22 pm
Amora, Conehatta, Mississippi
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I am sorry, but I just don't understand this "heat of the moment" idea. If you kill someone, you killed them, plain and simple as that. The punishment for someone who murdered "in the heat of the moment" should be the same for someone who planned the murder because whether it was done out of selfishness, strong human emotion, or blatant cruelty, doesn't matter. Murder is murder and people who kill without considering the implications still know that they are killing someone and that it is wrong.

Segnaro said...
on Jan. 22 2011 at 2:18 pm
The death penalty is a neccesary punishment we should also bring back execution by firing sqaud.

uclagirl22 said...
on Jan. 19 2011 at 6:22 pm
honestly, this is ridiculous that you are even saying the government is hypocritical...your gonna sit here and tell me that if someone killed your family member with no reason behind it you wouldnt want them to die? trust me you dont know what it feels like to have this happen and i dont wish it for anyone because it is one of the most tragic and emotional period of time. everyone has there opinion but i dont think anyone can fully say or state anything about this until you are put into that postion

on Jan. 11 2011 at 9:00 pm
alexandrexis BRONZE, Clemson, South Carolina
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Terrible meals and a horrible room...

it's better than how some people live but......I think the monotony would be worse to many people than simply dying. Either way criminals think they won't be caught....usually.

1617almost said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 3:29 pm
1617almost, Ukiah, California
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Great article! I have to say that a killers should go to jail with no parole. The reason I think that is because even if they changed or whatever in jail they can still gat mad and do it again. You can't really trust someone that has killed, but it all depends on the crime. What if a person kill someone not trying to. accidental murder!! Or what if someone was with a croud that killed someone and they got put as an example by the judge that noone was going to get away when the victum got killed in a croud. Thats what happend to my cousin. And that messed up part is that the person that took the weapon is going to be able to get out and my cousin is in for life. Even when there was people that said he was trying to stop it. I just hope that people have a real good reason to be killed or looked up for the rest of their life.

Blak Jesus said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 11:09 am

I think that they should because they had to go through the grief of losing the family member. I think that the fanily should decide what happens to the nurder.


BLACK jESUS said...
on Jan. 10 2011 at 11:06 am
I think teens who murder should be executed. They know what their doing when they kill. Its not like they are 5 years old thier about to be adults. They need to know what happens in the real world.

monkeyman540 said...
on Jan. 6 2011 at 9:03 am
Does anyone think think that if a loved one in a family gets murdered, and they catch the murderer right... so should he be killed the same way he/she murdered the said family member?

monkeyman540 said...
on Jan. 6 2011 at 8:58 am
i agree with you 100%.. ive seen a lot of things like on blogs about how they can say that and get out of it. But if they can just say i have a mental disorder, and escape jail, why not just go get help and atleast try. This just isnt fair to others at all. They obviously know what they are doing because if they didnt they probably wouldnt be doing it.

WTH0815 said...
on Dec. 20 2010 at 5:22 pm
WTH0815, El Cajon, California
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The death penalty is just, depending on the case. People who premeditate the murder are usually the ones who get the death penalty as oppose to the ones who do it in the heat of the moment.

Bobbi PLATINUM said...
on Oct. 15 2010 at 4:14 pm
Bobbi PLATINUM, Terry, Mississippi
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Many people say that people with mental illnesses don't know what they are doing, well i don't believe that completely and here is why: there was a case of a man who kept being put in prison for molesting little girls and boys, they said he had a mental disorder so he got short time. He didn't want to hurt those people he knew what he was doing and the only way he could think to stop it was comit a burglary and not taking anything but wait till the police arrived. He went back to jail and begged when he was released to keep him there but they wouldn't. He got the urge again but this time he had to put a stop to it for good and cut off his genitals. He knew what he was doing and he had a mental disorder. Those murders with mental illnesses know and they could get help if they wanted it or atleast try like that man did.

krizzy said...
on Oct. 15 2010 at 1:53 pm
I agree with how a murderer should not get parol. If i had a loved one murdered then I would want the murderer to stay in jail for live aswell.

peacequack said...
on Sep. 23 2010 at 3:25 pm
i agree 110%. It is wrong!

kicker black said...
on Sep. 23 2010 at 12:17 pm

i agree good work



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