The Good In Capital Punishment
In the United States, there has been many disputes and controversy with allowing and illegalizing the death penalty. The death penalty are legal executions to inmates, also known as capital punishment. It may be wrong in the eyes of many people, but it’s certainly the right punishment in states that allow it to be legal. The states that continue to practice capital punishment, believe it is the right way to justify a criminal’s act. A murderer in the state of California for example, would be sentenced to death row (death penalty or capital punishment) to receive lethal injection or electrocution. As of 2015, there have been over 40 legal executions that have involved lethal drug injection. The 32 states that allow death penalty must follow the justice system’s laws in their state.
In the Criminal Justice System, each state must serve their three functions, deter crime, rehabilitate criminals, and incapacitate dangerous criminals. Each state and court must make the decision, whether to incapacitate an incoming inmate or sentence another punishment. For Example, an inmate who just committed a murder; the state must serve the Justice system’s purpose of deterring crime and incapacitating a dangerous criminal. When the Justice system practices capital punishment, it can create fear amongst other criminals. When legally executing an inmate, states hope to make everyone second think themselves before taking another life away. On October 29, 2013, the Justice department released a report that the national murder rate dropped 1.5% from states that allowed the death penalty.
The death penalty may have lowered the murder rate in a few states, but it also serves a relief to the victim’s family. Capital punishment can bring closure to the victim’s loved ones. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who had part in 2013 Boston marathon bombing was sentenced to death in the state of Boston. The Boston Mayor, Martin J Walsh made a statement, “Hope that this verdict provides a small amount of closure to everyone affected in the Boston Bombing.” A police officer of Boston, who was injured during a shoot out with Tsarnaev and his brother stated, “It gives me relief and closure as well as the ability to keep moving forward.” It has be shown, that the death penalty brings emotional stability to those who lost a loved one’s life. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social psychology found 20% of 150 cases; the victim’s loved ones reported feeling at peace or relief.
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