In the past, people have invariably felt that if they had
been wronged in some way, it was his or her right to take
vengeance on the person that had wronged them. This mentality
still exists, even today, but in a lesser form because the law
has now outlined a person's rights and developed punishments that
conform to those rights, yet allow for the retribution for their
crime. However, some feel that those laws and punishments are
too lax and criminals of today take advantage of them, ie.
organized crime, knowing very well that the punishments for their
crime, whether it be murder, theft, or any other number of
criminal activities, will be so negligible that it ...view middle of the document...
It is felt that because of this and the fact
that there has not been an execution since 1967, that today's
current form of punishments are no longer a sufficient deterrent
for such serious crimes and have contributed to a ever rising
So, this is where the real issue of whether or not capital
punishment should exist begins and such a controversial issue
could be best understood if we looked at capital punishment in a
perspective of how it fulfils or does not fulfil society's ideas
of punishment :
Is not one of the four fundamental objectives behind
punishment retribution? The sentencing objective based on
the principle of "an-eye-for-an-eye", which means that what
one person has done to another should also be done to that
person in return. Is that not justified, especially in
cases of premeditated murder of another human begin, another
Does capital punishment not act as a deterrent? Does
it not threaten with an imposition of a penalty for the
commission of an act considered wrong by society?
What about segregation? Does capital punishment remove
criminals from society so that they cannot repeat their
offence or commit other offences against society?
Doesn't capital punishment follow the above three
objectives well?? Most people would say it does. But then,
of course, people who support the abolishment of capital
punishment would ask about rehabilitation, the re-training
of prisoners with an employable skill for use when they are
released. Not only is it expensive to re-train and house
criminals, but with...