The most severe form of punishment of all legal sentences is that of death. This is referred to as the death penalty, or "capital punishment"; this is the most severe form of corporal punishment, requiring law enforcement officers to actually kill the offender. We use it in reference various situations, although, some people enforce it on a different level, some people use it in reference to death. An individual wrongs those who have wronged him/her, but should an individual have the right to kill to seek retaliation? We have a certain right in our own lives, but should the lives of others belong to us as well. If we find someone guilty of murder, we sentence him to death. This makes us murders ourselves, but is there any possibility in justifying these acts? Those who support in the death penalty are they not partners in crime? Is the death penalty a cruel punishment or is it now just a necessary tool in the war of crime?.
Those who support in the death penalty are they not partners in crime? Is the death penalty a cruel and unusual punishment or is it now just a necessary tool in the war of crime? With today's increase in crime and violence in our society, the death penalty effects every citizen in a country, whether interested or not, and has existed for quite some time now. .
The use of the death penalty has actually gone down throughout the industrial Western World since the 19th century. In 1972, a movement in America to have the death penalty declared unconstitutional arose, during the landmark case of Furman vs. Georgia, declaring the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment, nonetheless, a Supreme Court decision in 1975, Gregg vs. Georgia, stated capital punishment did not violate the eighth Amendment rights, and the executions began again under state supervision. These inconsistencies and indecisions have obviously sparked a debate. (Horwitz, 124-127) .
Four major issues in capital punishment are debated, most aspects of which were touched upon by Seton Hall's panel discussion on the death penalty.