Death Penalty Good Essay

Introduction

Starting Sentence Option 1: The death penalty may seem like [a great idea/a horrific torture], but [did you know/were you aware] that it is available in 30 states? The killing of a [criminal/wrongdoer] is something that is [permitted by the government/government sanctioned] and that is [a good thing/very wrong]. [thesis statement]

 

Starting Sentence Option 2: Much controversy surrounds [the death penalty/capital punishment]. The idea of killing someone [as a consequence/in punishment] of a crime seems [cruel/just] to many, but others [are for/are against/protest] it. In fact, the death penalty is [thesis statement].

  • Certain crimes require a o-strong="er punishment for deterrence and capital punishment is the ultimate deterrent.
  • You cannot rehabilitate some people and these people should be put to death.
  • The death penalty does not allow for rehabilitation or repentance. If the person is killed, they cannot fix their ways.
  • Every human deserves the chance at life, no matter what they have done and we cannot take that right away.

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There is a lot of controversy about whether the death penalty should be legal or not. It is widely used, with only 18 out of the 50 states having abolished it, but should it be permitted, regardless of the popularity of it? The answer is no. It should be abolished because it demeans life, is cruel, prison is a better punishment, and it is not effective.
Steve Earle once said “My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I'm killing somebody.” The death penalty demeans life. It makes life seem like something that can just be thrown away if you do something wrong, when in reality, it is something that should be carefully…show more content…

There is a lot of controversy about whether the death penalty should be legal or not. It is widely used, with only 18 out of the 50 states having abolished it, but should it be permitted, regardless of the popularity of it? The answer is no. It should be abolished because it demeans life, is cruel, prison is a better punishment, and it is not effective.
Steve Earle once said “My objection to the death penalty is based on the idea that this is a democracy, and in a democracy the government is me, and if the government kills somebody then I'm killing somebody.” The death penalty demeans life. It makes life seem like something that can just be thrown away if you do something wrong, when in reality, it is something that should be carefully kept safe and preserved. If the wrongdoer has committed a murder, then with their life continuing, rather than ending, they will receive the opportunity to be able to understand the importance and beauty of life and never murder again. Death is always at least a little painful, there is no way to make it not this way. Because of this, it is considered a cruel, unusual punishment, and therefore, illegal, according to the constitution. Even though all the ways that they kill the condemned-lethal injection, electrocution, firing squad, hanging and gassing-are meant to be as painless as possible, there is no denying the fact that death is still at least somewhat painful, no matter the way you die. Even if it is over quickly, you will still have

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