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A thirty five year old white male kidnaps and rapes two sisters, one eight years old and the other eleven. The man then brutally murders the two helpless children; letting one watch as the other one was killed. He then leaves the bloody and beaten bodies, of the innocent sisters, in the neighborhood playground. Does this man deserve to die? The death penalty is a necessary evil that has a positive effect on society today. The death penalty should be sought in cases that carry the death penalty as a form of punishment because retribution should be taken for the heinous crimes that are committed, people that commit crime or kill will do it again, and the death penalty deters crime.

There are controversial issues over the death penalty and extremists from both sides widely express their opinions. Such issues include the chance of an innocent person being put to death, the death penalty being a racist form of punishment, and the cost of the death penalty versus life imprisonment.

Retribution should be taken for the violent crimes that are committed. Justice means that criminals get what they deserve. The punishment must fit the crime.
The best support documentation for this point of view comes directly from the word of God; where, in the Old Testament, the death penalty was required for a wide range of offenses, both civil and religious.
“And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death. And he that killeth a beast shall make it good; beast for beast. And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him; breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in man, so shall it be done to him again. And he that killeth a beast, he shall restore it: and he that killeth a man, he shall be put to death” (Leviticus 24:17-21).
“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints” (Revelation 13:10). If laws are needed to restrict conduct for the sake of society, if threats of punishment are needed to control violations by those tempted to break the law, and if threats remain credible only if carried out when violations do occur, then retribution must be inflicted as threatened on those guilty of crime (Van den Haag, 49).
“When laws are made and punishments prescribed, the requirements of order must prevail; when laws are applied, justice according to law should prevail, tempered by charity. All three principles must ultimately coalesce in the criminal justice system” (Van den Haag, 50).
Even the murderers themselves agree that, if convicted, they should suffer the same consequences as their victims. On January 5, 1993, three-time child killer Westley Allan Dodd was hung in Walla Walla, Washington. Dodd had chosen hanging, over lethal injection, as the method of execution because he had strangled the youngest of his victims, a four-year old boy, and considered it fitting that he should die in a similar way (Kronenwetter, 102). The ultimate supporting quote from the Holy Bible is “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed” (Genesis 9:6).

People that commit crime, or kill, will do it again. Alternative forms of punishment do not work. Abolitionists, those against the death penalty, state that life in prison is an alternative to death.
“Life imprisonment as opposed to death not only puts prison staffs and fellow prisoners at risk from those who have shown that they are willing to kill, but the ordinary citizen as well” (Gottfried, 35).
Abolitionists of the death penalty propose life imprisonment as an alternative in the hopes of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation does not work and life imprisonment carries with it the chance of parole. Retentionists, those for the death penalty, say that rehabilitation is only a hope, not a plan of action, and hope is not enough to base a criminal justice system on (Kronenwetter, 63). “We punish [murderers] not for what they may or may not do in the future but for what they have done” (Kronenwetter, 63).
“Life imprisonment also becomes underserved over time. A person who committed a murder when