Wanted: Dead or Alive!

by Jeffreypurhouse on February 24, 2014 - 11:40pm

February 17th 2014

Ending the Death Penalty by Dale. S  Recinella

Is the death penalty necessary? After 1976, when the death penalty was reinstated, innocent people were wrongly convicted (Recinella, 2008, p.12). According to many churches, if there is no other way to protect innocent law-abiding citizens the death penalty shall be used (Recinella, 2008, p. 13).

I believe that the death penalty is ineffective.  

  1. Even if it was the correct person killed is that really necessary to kill someone that is not doing anyone any harm? If they are in prison not causing harm, why kill them? If I am the victim’s family or spouse I would like them to be incarcerated for life behind bars, because I know they are stuck; killing them would be releasing them from what they have done.
  2. The death penalty does not deter criminals from crime.  Because the death penalty seems to be so exclusive to certain acts of crime, criminals often deny it could happen to them.
  3. What if you have the wrong person?! The death penalty is permanent.



Recinella, D. S. (2008). Ending the Death Penalty. America, 198(14), 13-16.




I strongly agree with your point that the death penalty is useless and not effective in reducing crime rates. Some people are not afraid to die, and to me, receiving death as a form of punishment is almost like getting away with the crime they’ve committed. Since they’re dead, they don’t have to suffer the consequences of rotting away in jail. More importantly, it does not make sense to kill someone BECAUSE they killed someone. How is that going to teach humans anything? By doing this, it’s like they’re saying, “Murdering people is wrong… Unless you’re a murderer. In that case, killing is allowed.” Which is completely ridiculous. Here’s something about a study that was done by criminologists, on the case of death penalties and its effectiveness that you might find interesting:


You title is very inviting! I think you have strong arguments. Before reading your post i was pro death penalty because I thought that if someone was to commit a serious crime why should they have the right to live after they have taken a life. But then you raised an important point, what if the wrong person was convicted. Then, when you look at the death penalty as a worldview, it is basically implying “it is illegal and wrong to kill however, those in power can override this law and kill anyway.” I found this article that list several reasons why the death penalty should be illegal. The article contains persuasive arguments I strongly recommend you read it.
Link: http://www.angelfire.com/country/acadp/acadp.pdf

I really like your way of giving your opinion into question form. I also do believe you are right in your arguments on why death penalty is useless. However, I think the desire of revenge our society has on people who were harmful is huge. Articles like this: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/18/us/18deter.html? give solid statistics that proves the efficiency of death penalty. That is why I think we need more then statements that start by "what if" in order to make death penalty illegal.

Good topic to write about because it has always been an issue for some .What you stated above is very true and I agree with you !!! Your three statements on the death penalty are exactly what I think also. I think the death penalty is wrong . Firstly because I think if you kill the person they are not paying for what they did and get an easy way out , suffering in jail is way worst for the individual than death ( As you also stated). Secondly they can potentially kill an individual that is innocent and got accused wrongly , some may think this rarely happens and wont happen but it could ! The death penalty is certain not necessary in my eyes. I had seen a movie called "The Life Of David Gale" and it is exactly about this topic of the death penalty and wrongly accusing an innocent man . I just don't think its necessary and the accused guilty individual is seriously not getting the punishment they deserve in my eyes , in jail they suffer and get to think about what they did for life until the day they die. Good writing and topic , I enjoyed reading this summary.

In the article here, the person was talking about how the death penalty should be abolished. I have to strongly agree with the person because killing the guilty is actually very wrong. I agree with every argument the author proposed because as the author mentioned, killing the guilty is actually giving them an easy way out. What if the person who was convicted was actually the wrong person? I agree with the author because the death penalty is not a punishment. It’s either an easy way out or it can have deadly consequences.

I totally agree with your position on the death penalty, however, there are people that prefer life behind bars than death right away so it is personal so we may not be sure if life behind bars would be the worse option for the offender so that argument is not as good because it depends on the offender. Here are other arguments that are against the death penalty. http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/OrnellasPaper.htm

I completely agree that death penalty should not be legal. It has no advantages. As you say, it releases criminals from what they have done. It is a good summary, by the way. Concise and convincing. I think, however, that it is a little underdeveloped. You could talk about the advantages of not having the capital punishment for instance or give examples of executed people who were innocent. This article (http://seattletimes.com/html/editorialsopinionpages/2022966008_should-de...) discusses the impact of sentence on the family of the victim and whether or not the state should decide the fate of someone. It is very interesting if you want to deepen your knowledge of the issue and develop your article.

I agree with you for the fact that the death penalty is like if criminals go away for their crimes and do not have been punish, but I am also for the death penalties. I am not saying that it is right but for some cases, I would call death penalty all the way. For some criminals, they are afraid of death and I think that taking off their life will be a good punishment. I would say that you cannot call the penalty every time, but in strong case with BIG criminal that killed and raped a lot of persons could, for me, merit to died. Because, some criminals finish to go out of the prison because they did their time, but me, as a parent, I will never forget if somebody killed my child or someone that I know. Like this article : http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/22/opinion/blecker-death-penalty/, the punishment need to fit with the crime that has been do. My opinion is that if a person is accused and will have a death penalty, there need to have big and tangible proof to show the crime. So, this is why I am against the death penalty because it is true that some are wrongly accused or others that are not afraid of death but in the same way, they do not deserve to be on earth after their actions.

I totally agree with your position on death penalty. I agree the most on the fact that a death sentence would be better for the criminal compared to a life sentence in jail. You did a really great job summarizing the disadvantages about death penalty. However, there's also a few advantages to it for the society. For example, we don't have to pay their cost of imprisonment and serve them for the rest of their lives. There's also a few other pros and cons, feel free to check them out on http://lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/pros-and-cons-of-death-penalty-70... to understand more about this big debate subject.