Capital Disgrace Essay

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Capital Disgrace

How often have we heard the statement "Two wrongs don't make a right"? Yet, is this saying
ever really applied to our lives? When do we ever turn the other cheek? As far as history
is concerned, the human race has never felt the sting of a hand consecutively on both

Evidence to this can be found anywhere. Soldiers kill the enemy to win the war. Athletes
become violent in order to obtain a trophy. And, in the judicial system, the ultimate
crime of murder is dealt with the ultimate punishment of death. Yet, it poses the question
does the end really justify the means? Can society's practice of the death penalty be
considered a moral disgrace?

Justice is not without faults. Canadians Guy Paul Morin and David Milgaard were both
wrongfully accused of murder. Both men spent many years serving out a penalty which should
have never been bestowed upon them. Although, if the death penalty was common practice in
Canada, these innocent victims may have been executed. They may have been killed.
Murdered. All because of a guilty verdict and society's desire to extinguish the flame of
violence. The desire to have revenge. Yet, does the elimination of an offender bring back
their victims or heal the wounds of the families? Should we consent to causing pain for
another family by killing their child? If the offender was your child, would you want to
watch them die?

Of course, there is always the argument that the threat of death acts as a deterrent to
threatening offenders. However, the claim that this act really does deter violent crime is
inconclusive, not proven, and extremely difficult to disprove. For every set of statistics
saying that it lowers the amount of violent crime, there is another to say it doesn't and
another that states it does both. Using such an ambiguous argument to support a
controversial act is not only unacceptable, but it is irresponsible. If there is any
validity to this argument, it is negated by the actual amount of time an offender spends
on death row.

Endless appeals, delays, technicalities, and retrials keep those condemned to death
waiting for execution for years on end. If the majority of death row residents live to an
old age anyway, why would anyone be afraid of capital punishment? It would be just as easy
to sentence offenders to life of captivity and work in a prison. That is undisputably a
more humane sentence then strapping them to a wooden frame, and throwing a switch that
sends ten thousand volts of electricity pulsing through their God-given body. It would not
only eliminate the uncertainty of the sentence, but excess stress put on the judicial
system when it is flooded with the paper work of prisoners fighting for their own right to
live. However, the question must be posed, does society even have the right, morally or
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