The Death Penalty

By: Chloe Edwards

What is the Death Penalty? Who has control over it?

~The Death Penalty (also known as Capital Punishment) is punishment of execution, administered to someone legally convicted of a capital crime.

~ "The death penalty in the United States is primarily governed by state law, not federal law. Although there is a federal death penalty, more than 98 percent of the men and women on death rows across the United States are incarcerated as a result of state laws."

The Death Penalty's Assertion. Should the Federal government or State Government have control?

~It is used today and was used in ancient times to punish a variety of offenses. Even the bible advocates death for murder and other crimes like kidnapping and


~In my opinion I believe that the split power is fine how it is because a mass murder could have taken place in a state so it is up to the state to handle that murder because the Federal Government has a lot on their hands already. Just like if The United States went under a terrorist attack and we caught the attackers it would be up to the Federal Government to take action because they were a threat to the entire nation not just one state.

Governments authority of use of The Death Penalty.

Federal Government- The United States federal government (in comparison to the separate states) applies the death penalty for crimes: treason, terrorism, espionage, federal murder, large-scale drug trafficking, and attempting to kill a witness, juror, or court officer in certain cases.

State Government- The death penalty may be imposed for "first-degree" or "capital" murder, and then define what that crime is. Most death penalty laws define the crimes and then require the presence of one or more "aggravating" factors or circumstances before the death sentence may be ordered. The execution way also varies per-state for example in the state of Alabama we use lethal injection unless the inmate request electrocution

Political Party Views on The Death Penalty.

~Democratic- Democratic views on the death penalty revolve around the opinion that it must only be used in certain cases. Previous Democratic platforms have stated, “in all death row cases, we encourage thorough post-conviction reviews. We will put the rights of victims and families first again. And we will push for more crime prevention, to stop the next generation of crime before it’s too late.” As a party, Democrats believe that stricter punishment, such as the death penalty, work as a preventative measure to keep crime from happening to begin with.The party is currently divided on whether or not the death penalty should be applied to all convicted murderers.

~Republican- Republicans support the death penalty. Much of this support is to help victims of violent crimes.They also believe that the death penalty deters future crimes, stating “We agree that the best way to deter crime is to enforce existing laws and hand down tough penalties against anyone who commits a crime with a gun.” While many Democrats oppose the death penalty because they don’t believe that it helps prevent crimes, Republicans argue that stricter punishments are, indeed, a deterrent.

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My view on The Death Penalty.

In my opinion I am truly not a supporter for the death penalty but i also do agree with the "an eye for an eye" saying because i do feel as though if you do something that causes pain to not only that person but to people around them as well for example kill a person. And you are fully aware of what you are doing with no type of mental illness than you should either rot your life away in a cold jail cell of face the death penalty. I also think it should be a choice like if someone commits a crime so horrific they qualify for the death penalty I believe they should have the right to chose life in prison with no parole or any other chance of getting out or the death penalty because in my opinion they are both consequences that I would never want to endure.