Abolishing the Death Penalty
Too many states in the U.S execute their own citizens. When an inmate commits a dangerous crime such as killing someone, the court usually sends them on death row, which later results into the death penalty. The death penalty is a pointless execution to inmates to deter crime. States and courts that allow and legalize the death penalty do not realize the negativity this “solution,” brings to the table. It defines violence to the world, it shows others there is no human rights, and it goes against what every state and justice system stand by. The death penalty results into too many negative factors, rather than positive; leaving it to no be possibly administered fairly and must be abolished.
The death penalty is a form of legalized unusual punishment that is done to criminals through-out the United States. It is currently legal to kill an inmate in 31 states by injecting their body with drugs, electrocuting them, and gunning them down. The death penalty violates the most important right anyone believes they should have, which is the right to life. The states and courts that use the death penalty or capital punishment deny the right to live to incoming inmates. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights state, “no one shall be subjected to cruel and degrading punishment,” which the death penalty violates. No matter what a person has done, everyone should have a say on their own life, whether they get to live or sentenced to be killed.
Not only does the death penalty violate human rights but it also violates what the State and Justice System want, which is to prevent violence and criminal activity. The death penalty itself is violent. Electrocuting, gunning down, or injecting lethal drugs in the body is all under a violent category. Performing those types of punishments goes against what states and the criminal justice system stand by. They want less violence, but they are performing a violent act themselves. States and the justice system punish an inmate for murdering someone because it’s a wrong thing to do, but then the punishment the inmate receives is to be murdered themselves. It’s hypocritical for states to allow capital punishment and violates what they stand by.
The criminal justice system in the U.S is suppose to deter or prevent violence and crime, rehabilitate convicts, and incapacitate dangerous criminals. Other than resulting to the death penalty or taking a life away, states should realize other solutions to serve the justice system’s functions. The most obvious and other used solution is by giving life in prison. The states were the death penalty is illegal in, gives inmates life in prison, rather than killing them. Life in prison is certainly deterrent because it discourages criminals to take action in a crime again and it also allows rehabilitation. Life in prison serves a better solution than executing an inmate and most importantly gives an inmate the right to live.
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