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Samantha Miller
issue dicussion
Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:03am
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Capital punishment is a subject that I have chosen for this paper. I am somewhat familiar with this topic from previous projects such as methodology. In high school I did do a project on the electric chair that was rather interesting and scratched the surface about the subject’s ethical background. I am not really considering any other project and because of this one’s good fit I will keep with it for the duration of this project. One of sides of this subject is that we should use capital punishment which will in all likelihood will emphasize the economic downfalls of not employing capital punishment. In our prisons today prisoners get better food, education, healthcare, and recreation than our middle class. (Unless you reside in a specific special prison in Arizona where they feed you green bologna and day old bread and they work all day.) This costs the tax payers an outrageously large pound of flesh to pay. There is also the old belief that crimes require equal justice. There was a culture in old times where if you committed arson you would be burned at the stake and murder equals execution. Even today there are some cultures where there is still enforcement of ‘eye for and eye tooth for a tooth.’ There is also a history behind the fact that nearly every type of capital punishment has been repealed or considered unethical for one reason or another. (I am saying that this is true in most cases in the civilized world, as in some countries and cultures it is still ok to enslave, torture, and kill people over trivial matters.) Burning at the stake, hanging, the electric chair, pressing, and of course the plethora of imaginative ways the Spanish inquisition came up with are a few of many procedures that have been scrapped. The only problem I see with writing this paper is that scientifically, the for side is more greatly supported. Most of the against side is moral arguments. Even the possibility of killing innocent criminals has moral backing. All in all it will be interesting to write a paper of this nature.

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