Essay on Death Penalty and Deterrence
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Death Penalty and Deterrence
Ever since the beginning of time man has committed crimes. Crimes were described as acts which go against the social and moral norms of society and people. People have learned to deal with these crimes in many different ways. One of the most used forms of dealing with crime is punishing those who commit crimes. There are numerous ways in which people have punished those who commit crimes throughout history from making the criminal pay fines to banishing them from the community. However, in modern times, there are fewer acceptable forms of punishment that are used. For very unserious crimes, governments may simply make a criminal pay a small fine or do service for the community in some way. Offenders who…show more content…
This is known as the deterrence theory. The theory of normative expressionism, however, suggests that capital punishment is simply a form of communication that serves to express a moral lesson to the criminal and others. This paper will also try to describe these two theories and how the issue of capital punishment relates to them.
Another issue related to the subject involves whether or not capital punishment actually deters criminals from committing crimes. Most people think that the death penalties primary function is to deter others in the future from committing similar crimes. There is evidence that at times capital punishment does deter. However, there are those or cite evidence or opinion that the capital punishment does not achieve its desired effect. The majority of this paper will focus on whether capital punishment actually deters crime.
The most influential text and source of many of the moral ideas of the world come from the Bible. The Bible outlines many of the crimes that are thought to be fundamentally wrong today. Also, the Bible provided ideologies and guidelines for the punishment of those who committed crimes, especially murder. The history of capital punishment can also be traced to this ancient text. Q5 The Bible says ?Man was made like God, so whoever murders a man will himself be killed by his fellow man.?(my bible) This explains a lot of the history of the death penalty. Q1 p9
Essay on The Death Penalty
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The Death Penalty
In the United States many crimes are committed every day, people killing another person, raping innocent children. I strongly believe that people who committed a crime should be punished and punished harshly and those who commit harm to another person should die. The Capital Punishment is a controversial topic that affects society as a whole and causes a great deal of disagreement. Capital punishment is the government legally kills an individual as punishment for a serious crime. It is not intended to inflict any physical pain or any torture; it is only another form of punishment. Addressing the follow questions:
1. What is history of the death Penalty?
2. Florida status in the death Row…show more content…
In 1692, in Salem, Massachusetts many lives were taking in trial most knows as “the witchcraft trial”. Also, the government had made a big impact throughout history by narrow the crimes in order to make it justice; in 1682, the Great Act stated that the only treason and murder could be punished by death. In the late 1880’s the government passed a law limiting the number of crimes punishable by death such as treason, murder and rape.
Florida Status In The
Death Row Nationwide?
In Florida, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (Fins) states that as of January 1, 2009; Florida has 402 death row inmates, making it the state with the second highest number of death row inmates in the nation. The crimes that are punishable by death in Florida are first degree murder, felony murder, capital drug trafficking, and capital sexual battery. Currently, the methods of execution practiced are lethal injection and the electric chair. In lethal injection, there is a three drug combination which consists of Sodium Pentothal (an anesthetic), Pancuronium Bromide (a paralytic agent), and Potassium Chloride (stops the heart and causes death). In electrocution, the inmate is strapped down to a chair while various cycles of electrical currents differing in voltage and duration (500-2000 volts and up to 30 seconds) pass through the body damaging the internal organs and causing death.
Cost Of Inmate?
People who oppose the death penalty might state