Capital Punishment in the US: Inhumane or Just?

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Capital punishment should be abolished in the United States.

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  • Death penalty generates too many ethical difficulties for those involved in the process.

  • The death penalty is often applied in an arbitrary (discriminatory; inconsistent) manner.

  • The death penalty violates human rights.

  • There are irrevocable consequences to execution, such as wrongful conviction.

  • Most major democracies have abolished and condemned the death penalty. The US should not be different.

  • The death penalty is not efficient in terms of costs and procedure.

  • Some criminals deserve the death penalty due to the severity of their crimes.

  • The death penalty is an effective deterrent, preventing serious crimes from occuring in the first place.

  • Capital punishment protects public safety by ensuring that convicted criminals do not ever offend again.

  • Absent capital punishment life imprisonment would be the only choice. This is equally or more cruel.

  • There is a public satisfaction knowing that a known convicted, and professed guilty perpetrator is no longer alive, no matter how much it costs. Some people are willing to accept the cost for that satisfaction.

  • Capital punishment is a spectacle that serves to communicate to society what actions are heinous and deserving of the most extreme form of punishment. Thus it serves to strengthen moral norms and thereby leads to a more just society.

  • A majority of Americans are in favor of capital punishment, and their opinions should be reflected in the law.