It has continued as a form of practice among many states today though a lot of them have banned it (Burkhead, 2009). The big question is whether death penalty is justified even though it has been in existence for many centuries.
The answer is a big no because killing a person does not really solve any purpose.
Death penalties divide the society intensely because there are people who feel it is justified and others who feel it is morally incorrect.
These sections of the society are deeply divided on this subject and the only way to unify them is to abolish death penalty completely. Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) charge that death penalty is applied unfairly.
This is why many states had their own laws with respect to death penalty even after several rulings from the Supreme Court.
In 1972, or example, the Supreme Court emptied the nation's death rows by declaring all the existing statutes with respect to death penalty as unconstitutional.There are no concrete laws at the federal level that are against death penalty.The one that comes closest is the Eighth Amendment of the US Constitution that states that the federal government should not impose excess fines or award cruel punishment that amounts to undue torture.."Is it not absurd that the laws which detest and punish homicide, should, in order to prevent, publicly commit murder themselves? The worse part is that this absurdity is followed and in many cases, even supported by courts and some sections of the society.How is it moral to kill one person under the garb of punishment for another person?By retaining this form of punishment, are we exhibiting barbaric traits as a society? Death penalty is a barbaric act simply because the law should be about protecting humans and not killing them.This paper will start with a brief history of death penalty in the US and will move onto why death penalty is barbaric and should be abolished from the society.Another reason why death penalty is inappropriate is the finality of the punishment.There is always the possibility for a wrong ruling and in such a case, nothing can be done out of it.The idea behind this amendment is to restrict the government from handing down any excess punishment to any individual (The Library of Congress, 2012).Unfortunately, these laws are not concrete and clear and in many cases, it is open to interpretation.