Persuasive Essay On Death Penalty

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Introduction: Issue: Gradually, in the course of social evolution, a consensus forms among nations and peoples that certain practices can no longer be tolerated. The death penalty is an issue because it violates the eight amendment and it has already convicted many innocent people. Rule: 18 U.S. Code § 3591, The Death penalty law, also known as capital punishment law, covers issues relating to the imposition of death as punishment for the commission of a crime. The code states: (a) A defendant who has been found guilty of— (1) an offense described in section 794 or section 2381; or (2) any other offense for which a sentence of death is provided, if the defendant, as determined beyond a reasonable doubt at the hearing under section 3593— (A) intentionally killed the victim; (B) intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of the victim; (C) intentionally participated…show more content…
The overwhelming conclusion from years of deterrence studies is that the death penalty is, at best, no more of a deterrent than a sentence of life in prison. Some criminologists maintain that the death penalty has the opposite effect: that is, society is brutalized by the use of the death penalty, and this increases the likelihood of more murder. 2. Retribution: The death penalty is not a fair response for the taking of a life. Revenge is not a sufficient justification for a system of capital punishment, with all its accompanying problems and risks. Our laws should lead us to higher principles that demonstrate a complete respect for life, even the life of a murderer. Encouraging motives of revenge, which ends in another killing, extends the chain of violence. 3. Innocence: The risk of executing the innocent precludes the use of the death

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