The Death Penalty Protects Society from Most Evil Criminals
The number of people sentenced to the death penalty has decreased for the 3rd year in a row. This is due to the widely increasing awareness of the population that the penalty is a very real outcome for heinous crimes. People no longer feel the desire to commit these crimes.
Some criminals serving multiple life sentences for the worst crimes imaginable arent doing much other than wasting tax payers money. Did you know our government spending more funding on prisons than schools?
Just because an execution method may result in pain, either by accident or as an inescapable consequence of death, does not qualify as cruel and unusual. Kentucky has adopted a method of execution believed to be the most humane available, one it shares with 35 other States.
Society is justly ordered when each person receives what is due to him. Crime disturbs this just order, for the criminal takes from people their lives, peace, liberties, and worldly goods in order to give himself undeserved benefits. Deserved punishment protects society morally by restoring this just order, making the wrongdoer pay a price equivalent to the harm he has done.
Our system of justice rightfully demands a higher standard for death penalty cases. However, the risk of making a mistake with the extraordinary due process applied in death penalty cases is very small, and there is no credible evidence to show that any innocent persons have been executed at least since the death penalty was reactivated in 1976.
The fact that blacks and Hispanics are charged with capital crimes more may simply mean that blacks and Hispanics commit capital crimes out of proportion to their numbers. Capital criminals don’t look like America. No one is surprised to find more men than women in this class. Nor is it a shock to find that this group contains more twenty-year-olds than 70 year ols.
Abolitionists may contend that the death penalty is inherently immoral because governments should never take human life, no matter what the provocation. But that is an article of faith, not of fact. The death penalty honors human dignity by treating the defendant as a free moral actor able to control his own destiny for good or for ill; it does not treat him as an animal with no moral sense
People often argue that they don't have a good enough lawyer to defend their life. The reality in the 21st century is startlingly different... the past few decades have seen the establishment of public defender systems that in many cases rival some of the best lawyers retained privately.
Accepting capital punishment in principle means accepting it in practice, whether by the hand of a physician or anyone else. If one finds the practice too brutal, one must reject it in principle.The participation of physicians seems more humane than delegating the deed to prison wardens, for by condoning the participation of untrained people who could inflict needless suffering that physicians might have prevented, we are just as responsible as if we had inflicted the suffering ourselves