Do No Harm: The problem with Capital Punishment

Natalie Holliday, Staff Writer

Capital punishment also known as the death penalty is when the court of law permits death as the penalty for a crime or crimes, carried out through execution. The methods of execution permitted varies as well as which states allow this as a legal punishment. The punishments to this magnitude are meant to be saved for the worst crimes, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, “state legislatures can determine what specific circumstances make a murder eligible for a death sentence”. While some get the harshest punishment for these crimes, others go back to their lives after their sentence.

Capital punishment should no longer be permitted in any of the fifty states. With the death penalty being so harsh, it should not be in question that if the same crime is committed by different people, the same sentence should be carried out. Yet there is no way in regulating this. Across the states in court the jury differs, the judge differs, and the situation differs but in the eyes of the court the same laws have been broken, yet the same crimes are not treated the same. The Death Penalty Information Center website states it “is supposed to be reserved for the ‘worst of worst’ cases” but who is to decide that. It gives the court of law the power to play god and decide who lives and dies. 

The public should not give the power to the court of law to differentiate in terms of a person’s life despite what they have done. The people should bring attention to this and change this and no longer be silent. Contact the elected representatives in your own state, your home, to abolish capital punishment.