Death Penalty – Should be Abolished

Posted: 08/07/2013 in In my words - zenith
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What is death penalty ? 

Capital punishment, also dubbed the “death penalty,” is the pre-meditated and planned taking of a human life by a government in response to a crime committed by that legally convicted person. (Taken from wikipedia and cross refer to various subject.)

What is the ultimate purpose of death penalty ? if only we can answer this questions correctly

Is it to take vengeance on behalf of the victim or to remove someone who causes harm to society or to remove someone who is not capable of rehabilitation or to punish criminals or to stop others from commiting murder. Clearly we don’t have an understanding on the purpose of the penalty.

Why it should be abolished ?

* Amnesty International(taken from one of the article) believes that “The death penalty is the ultimate denial of human rights. It is the premeditated and cold-blooded killing of a human being by the state in the name of justice. It violates the right to life…It is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. There can never be any justification for torture or for cruel treatment.” On the other end Catholic Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, writes “…the death penalty diminishes all of us, increases disrespect for human life, and offers the tragic illusion that we can teach that killing is wrong by killing.”

*  The case of Stanley William “Tookie” illustrates nothing better on moral complexities of the death penalty . I think that he shouldn’t have been put to death. He did kill those people and for that he deserved his punishment. But what he did while in prison was to admit his folly and to reconcile his ways. The penalty is made for dangerous people who are a threat to society. He was a threat until he changed and was sorrowful for what he did. He was at no risk to re-offend and should have been pardoned as such. Granted he may have made some bad choices in his past, but he turned his life around and gave great contributions to prevent others from following his same footsteps. I think everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. The decision to execute him may discourage others to change there lives around. They may feel like it’s pointless to change if they are going to keep being punished for their past mistakes. I personally feel no human should have that much control over someone’s life ie “Thou shall not kill.” Furthermore we don’t have the say so to determine whether or not he should of died. Rehabilitation is not served with death . Who are we to judge this man of his crimes? Put him in jail and let him do his time. Death is not rehabilitation.Not because of his Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Because putting anyone to death is just state sanctioned murder. It does not rehabilitate (he was already rehabilitated) anyone, nor deter others. People confuse vengeance and justice. You cannot bring back those that have been kllled, so why kill someone else?

* Death constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is against the 8th amendment to the US Constitution.

* The death penalty is used disproportionately against the poor, who cannot afford expensive legal counsel, as well as against racial, ethnic and religious minorities hence the death penalty is applied arbitrarily and inconsistently.

* Killing human life is morally wrong under all circumstances. Some faith groups, such as the Roman Catholic Church, oppose the death penalty as not being “pro-life.”

* A miscarriage of justice primarily is the conviction and punishment of a person for a crime they did not commit.

  • As the pace of DNA exonerations has grown across the country in recent years, wrongful convictions have revealed disturbing fissures and trends in our criminal justice system. Together, these cases show us how the criminal justice system is broken – and how urgently it needs to be fixed.We should learn from the system’s failures. In each case where DNA has proven innocence beyond doubt, an overlapping array of causes has emerged – from mistakes to misconduct to factors of race and class.Those exonerated by DNA testing aren’t the only people who have been wrongfully convicted in recent decades. For every case that involves DNA, there are hundreds that do not.Only a fraction of criminal cases involve biological evidence that can be subjected to DNA testing, and even when such evidence exists, it is often lost or destroyed after a conviction. Since they don’t have access to a definitive test like DNA, many wrongfully convicted people have a slim chance of ever proving their innocence.
  • Here you will find further information about seven of the most common causes of wrongful convictions:
  1. Eyewitness Misidentification
  2. Unvalidated or Improper Forensic Science
  3. False Confessions / Admissions
  4. Government Misconduct
  5. Informants or Snitches
  6. Bad Lawyering
  • These factors are not the only causes of wrongful conviction. Each case is unique and many include a combination of the above issues. Review our case profiles to learn how the common causes of wrongful convictions have affected real cases and how these injustices could have been prevented.To stop these wrongful convictions from continuing, we must fix the criminal justice system.

In my opinion, i suggest that perhaps the death penalty to be abolished while it can be subdued to life in prison, to safeguard the ultimate rule

“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer” (Sir William Blackstone 1765)

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