Examining the Death Penalty Analytical Essay

Examining the Death Penalty
A look at the history and modern day manifestation of the death penalty, leaning towards opposition to capital punishment.
# 144770 | 2,757 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2010 in Hot Topics (Capital Punishment)

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This paper provides a detailed analysis of the history and current day use of the death penalty. When describing the past and modern day application of capital punishment, the paper focuses intensely on the execution methods of electrocution, cyanide gas, lethal injection, hanging, and firing squad. The paper opines that one murder does not justify another, even if it is for punishment purposes. The paper adds that the death penalty does not bring closure to the victim's family - the victim is gone forever, and now the prisoner's family has to watch their loved one die as well. The paper concludes that the death penalty needs to be abolished; we as a society can better ourselves financially and morally if capital punishment is outlawed.

From the Paper:

" Life in prison without parole is a worse punishment and a more effective deterrent than capital punishment. Death especially does not faze many serial killers who have a sadistic fascination with the subject. There are people who favor the death penalty in fear that "life without parole" is really just spending a long time in prison with the option of being released after so many years on good behavior. The death penalty puts innocent lives at risk, while life without parole provides severe, certain punishment. Justice is provided for murder victims families and allows more resources to be given to solving other crimes and preventing future violence."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Frequently Asked Questions about DC." Florida Department of Corrections. Web. 8 Apr. 2010.
  • "The Death Penalty: Questions and Answers." American Civil Liberties Union. Web. 11 Apr. 2010.
  • NIV Study Bible. Fully rev. ed. Kenneth L. Barker, gen. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002. Print.

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