Death Penalty Timeline A timeline of important court cases and legal milestones since The debate over capital punishment has been heating up, prompted by two high-profile Supreme Court cases. The first case, Baze v. Rees, tested the constitutionality of the most commonly used form of lethal injection.
Share1 Shares 1K The existence of the death penalty in any society raises one underlying question: The lister has set out to examine both sides of the debate over the ethics and legality of capital punishment, especially in the US, and chooses neither side in any of the following entries.
They are not presented in any meaningful order. It Teaches the Condemned Nothing What is the purpose of punishment? We take our lead from one major source, our parents—and they no doubt took their lead from their own parents.
When your young child emulates what he just saw in a Rambo movie, you give him a stern lecture about what is real and what is not, what is acceptable in real life and what is not.
When your child tries some crazy acrobatic move off a piece of furniture and hurts himself, you might spank him to be sure that he remembers never to do it again. So when the child grows up, breaks into a home, and steals electronics, he gets caught and goes to prison.
His time in prison is meant to deprive him of the freedom to go where he wants anywhere in the world, and to do what he wants when he wants.
This is the punishment, and most people do learn from it. In general, no one wants to go back.
But if that child grows up and murders someone for their wallet or just for fun, and they are in turn put to death, they are taught precisely nothing, because they are no longer alive to learn from it. We cannot rehabilitate a person by killing him or her. It is the Ultimate Warning Nevertheless, if would-be criminals know undoubtedly that they will be put to death should they murder with premeditation, very many of them are much less inclined to commit murder.
Whether or not would-be criminals are wary of committing the worst crime is an important—and probably impossible—question to answer. Murder still happens very frequently. So some criminals disregard this warning for various reasons. In a larger sense, capital punishment is the ultimate warning against all crimes.
If the criminal knows that the justice system will not stop at putting him to death, then the system appears more draconian to him. Hence, he is less inclined to break and enter. He may have no intention of killing anyone in the process of robbing them, but is much more apprehensive about the possibility if he knows he will be executed.
Thus, there is a better chance that he will not break and enter in the first place. It Does Not Dissuade If the foreknowledge of any punishment is meant to dissuade the criminal from committing the crime, why do people still murder others?
The US had a murder rate of 4. If it does not dissuade, then it serves no purpose. The warning of life in prison without parole must equally dissuade criminals.
It Provides Closure for Victims There are many victims of a single murder.Trying to end capital punishment state-by-state was difficult at best, so death penalty abolitionists turned much of their efforts to the courts.
They finally succeeded on June 29, in the. History and Controversies of Capital Punishment Kenny Sarisky The words “death penalty” or “capital punishment” often bring out strongly emotional opinions.
There are not many other issues that bring up this kind of emotion in people. had an intricate and controversial history. Around the world, capital punishment has even further implications as it is often the sentence for acts that should not be criminalized, like being gay.
For reasons like this and the ones above, Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all circumstances. The death penalty gives closure to the victim's families who have suffered so much. Some family members of crime victims may take years or decades to recover from the shock and loss of a loved one.
Some may never recover. The Controversy Over the Death Penalty Why is the death penalty used as a means of punishment for crime?
Is this just a way to solve the nations growing problem of overcrowded prisons, or is justice really being served? The execution, by hanging, of Yakub Memon for his part in the Mumbai bombings invites us to revisit the vexed issue of capital punishment.
Few topics incite such moral passion and controversy.