Why the Death Penalty Is Wrong

Why the Death Penalty Is Wrong

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We have the death penalty for those who are convicted of first-degree murder across the United States. People justify the death penalty as a suitable punishment because the criminal is convicted of the same crime. However, I do not believe that the death penalty is a useful punishment for a list of reasons:

1. Some people convicted of the crime can be innocent

This is rare, but some people are wrongfully convicted of a crime. Usually, people are only convicted when there is enough evidence for them to be convicted. Therefore, I do not believe that the death penalty is good because it forever silences a person.

2. It isn't always considered as a threat

Not everyone is scared of the death penalty. Although it would seem as if some people should be scared to die, they are not. Some people may even think that the death penalty is peaceful because the lethal injection is painless unless they are electrocuted in an electric chair. However, the lethal injection requires the criminal first being put to sleep. It's pain-free.

3. The death penalty is not a real punishment

To be killed is to be forced into an inactive state. The criminal cannot feel the punishment because it ends all feeling and thinking. A real punishment would be forced to lose a privilege or a required amount of work in order to compensate for the crime. Punishment is supposed to bring about a feeling of loss and remorse. Death is not a real punishment because the criminal cannot undergo any consequences. There are no consequences, feelings, or thinking of death. It's a permanent ending.

4. The Death Penalty is unproductive

A criminal who is guilty of first-degree murder certainly does not deserve special privileges in society. That criminal ended someone's life. Therefore, that criminal should have to pay for this crime by using his/her life to give back to society when he/she cannot give back to himself/herself. A criminal convicted of murder is much more useful doing the work nobody else wants to do than they are dead to society. If they are dead to society, someone alive has to do the work that nobody else wants to do.

5. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that

Regarding Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote, constantly giving death because of someone else's death does not always help our cause for peace. Think of tough love: sometimes the only way to love someone else in society is to keep them away from everyone else because they are dangerous. If the criminal is alive, they will have to handle the pain and regret of their crimes for the rest of their lives. Emotional suffering can be prolonged even if the prisoner is not physically suffering. The criminal may never deserve to leave prison and must serve a life sentence, but that may feature more suffering than the death penalty. There are other ways to punish people besides the death penalty. Constantly threatening each other with death will perpetuate violence that society does not need.

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill


South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos


I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja


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6. Nekter Juice Bar

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7. BJs


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