Reason for capital punishment and whether itachieves its purpose or not
In the U.S history, the death penalty has beenthere and different Supreme Court rulings either favoured or tried tostop it. The reason for practice includes incapacitating the felonsince it will never be able to commit a crime again forever unlikewhen an imprisonment, which deters crime only when a criminal isimprisoned(LeCesne 1051). Moreover, it alsodeters people from committing a similar crime as it creates generalfear. The punishment also allows the society to inflict harm to afelon who had harmed the society.
The capital punishment significantly satisfiesincapacitation since the felon will never commit the crime again. Itleaves zero chances of the person escaping and killing again.However, the punishment does not give the felon second chance torehabilitate which is among the reasons for imprisonment (LeCesne1057). The ability of the capitalpunishment to deter criminal activity is questionable since peoplecontinue to commit a similar crime as that resulted in the executionof a particular felon. Person after committing one crime, whichresults in a death penalty, may be motivated to commit more since heor she knows his/her fate. is subject to misuse asgovernment use it to murder innocent people for a political reason.
Need for national policy regarding capitalpunishment
National policy to regulate how the capitalpunishment is exercised is essential to avoid use death penaltyagainst an innocent citizen, especially for political reasons. Incase the penalty is left unregulated, it ought to be misused toprosecute people for self-interest (LeCesne1058).
State and capital punishment
should not be left at the statelevel, and should remain with the federal government. This is becausethe federal government has an obligation to ensure justice to allcitizens. States are more likely to misuse it to prosecute innocentpeople.
Execution and State
The states know what is best for its citizens andshould be left to handle their execution matters, as theirlegislation is accountable to its citizen. They will create criminallaw according to its people’s needs hence adequately prosecutingits criminal matters (LeCesne1053).
LeCesne,Blaine. "Tipping the Scales Toward Death: Instructing CapitalJurors on the Possibility of Executive Clemency." U.Cin. L. Rev. 65(2006): 1051-1067