The Death Penalty

The death penalty is a growing concern in today’s society; however, many criminals who are sentenced to the death penalty have no respect for the value of life. The three reasons that society might find the death penalty beneficial include the following: retribution or moral issues, incapacitation, and the role of vengeance.
Retribution means that a murderer must be executed because the prisoner deserves the death penalty for the criminal acts of violence they imposed on society. The concept of retribution is a cruel and unusual punishment, but it is time that society take control of criminal acts of violence by imposing the death penalty. Imposing the death penalty in the form of retribution will bring closure to the murdered victims family. Retribution gives society the insight to understand the following about capital punishment:
If . . . he has committed a murder, he must die. In this case, there is no substitute that will
satisfy the requirements of legal justice. There is no sameness of kind between death and
remaining alive even under the most miserable conditions, and consequently there is also
no equality between the crime and the retribution unless the criminal is judicially
condemned and put to death ....Even if a civil society were to dissolve itself by common
agreement of all its members .... the last murderer remaining in prison must first be
executed, so that everyone will duly receive what his actions are worth...
(Finckenauer, 1988, p.91).
Incapacitation is another reason for the death penalty, which should alert a murderer if he or she commits a criminal act of violence, execution would be imposed. Incapacitation is a sure sign that the murderer will not be allowed to kill another person again. Many people believe that imposing the death penalty is a permanent solution for removing the prisoner from society. Ward (2011) states that, a murderer will not commit another crime if he or she is incapacitated, and the murderer will no...