Running Head: DEATH PENALTY
The notion which focuses on the mantra, "an eye for an eye" will highly focus on
revenge more so than justice which should be one of the main priorities in the criminal justice
system. The mantra further led the development of the death penalty which would serve the
purpose of taking the life of the individual who took another person's life. This type of
punishment should be abolished since it is irreversible. My stand in the matter will focus on
the judgments which will be given to individuals for crimes that they have not committed.
Such was seen in the case of Cameron Todd Willingham who was executed for allegedly
killing his daughters in a fire. Pieces of evidence, later on, resurfaced which showed that the
individual had not set fire to his home that led to the death of three daughters. However, it
had already been too late since Cameron had already been executed. The death penalty ought
to be abolished since it does not deter criminals from committing more crime and it should be
regarded as an inhumane way to kill a human being regardless of the crimes he or she has
committed. Furthermore, the death penalty should not be allowed since the death of the
offender will be regarded as a public spectacle which shows how inhumane, cruel and
degrading this punishment is.
There are various premises which oppose my stand on the matter as provided under
the Procon.org. One assumption which has been highlighted and advocates for the death
penalty will focus on a statement which was made by the Sacramento Country District
Attorney, Anne Marie Schubert in one of the published articles, "California's Broken Death
Penalty System Can Be Fixed." As presented in the article, Anne views the death penalty as
justice which will be granted to the families of the victims. She further provides information
that repealing the punishment will affect the healing phase of these individuals who will have
wounds which will be as a result of the offender's actions. Hence, abolishing the punishment
will keep the wounds open, and no justice will be served to families of the victims.
As provided in the article, the district attorney further went ahead to state that life
imprisonment will haunt the victim's family since an inmate who will be given that specific
punishment may decide to appeal to the governor to have his sentence reduced or may apply
for clemency. This will further lead the offender to be released from prison to join the
society. In her last parting words, she implied that the death penalty would help deter crime,
and this aspect will be...