Claudia Kinser – Sophomore -February 8, 2017
As of January 2017 the death penalty, or capital punishment, is only legal in 19 of the 50 states. One of those states is Georgia. The death penalty, like many other matters, is not a black or white issue. By that I mean that there is no definite right or wrong answer, just opinions of so-and-so’s “presumed right”. Deserving the death penalty depends on the crime. It also depends on if the criminal shows any amount of remorse at all.Whether or not someone is worthy of execution based on the crime is up to the judge and the jury assigned to any particular case. When capital punishment is used, it “honors the victim, helps console grieving families, and ensures that the perpetrators of heinous crimes never have an opportunity to cause future tragedy,” according to ProCon.org.
The death penalty CAN act as a deterrent to crime, but that it is not effective for everyone. Some people have absolutely no regard for their life, so they have no problem with dying. However, if the potential criminal thinks about the consequences and cares enough about themselves or someone else, they won’t commit the crime in the first place. Capital punishment has not been applied fairly in the past. Today, with DNA and surfacing technology, it is much more likely to find the culprit who ACTUALLY committed the crime than it was even just 20, 30 years ago. There are significantly less wrongful deaths due to innocence today. I believe that this issue will continue to be debated, possibly for years to come.
Sources: CNN, ProCon.org, Death Penalty Information Center