Grace Liu Reyes
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
Gandhi
Troy Gregg was incarcerated in State of Georgia in 1973 for two murders for
committing armed robbery and murder of two men...
Added to Bills of Rights in 1791
Prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or
cruel a...
Added in 1868
Most complicated and the one that has had the more unforeseen effects.
The goal was to ensure that the Civil...
Lethal Injection (most common)
Electrocution
Gas Chamber
Hanging
Firing Squad (Oaklahoma)
Methods of Execution
Book: Assessment of Costs (2011)
• JudgeAlarcon
• Prof. Mitchell
Totaled 4 billion since 1978
• $1.94 billion: pretrial an...
punishment is not justified by any good results, but simply by the criminal’s
guilt. Criminals must pay for their crimes; ...
“morally justifiable and sometimes needs to be a punishment that is used to
gain retribution.”
“It ends the existence of t...
“that it is good in principle to avoid the death penalty and bad in practice to
impose it.”
death penalty doesn’t deter fu...
Tried to prove the unfairness and differences between white vs. black
criminals and those who are better off financially v...
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Moral problems capital punishment

  1. 1. Grace Liu Reyes
  2. 2. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind Gandhi
  3. 3. Troy Gregg was incarcerated in State of Georgia in 1973 for two murders for committing armed robbery and murder of two men. A jury found Gregg guilty sentenced him to death. Gregg challenged his remaining death sentence for murder, claiming that his capital sentence was a "cruel and unusual" punishment that violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Result: Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Georgia and rejected the idea that capital punishment is inherently cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment. Case Study: US Supreme Court Gregg vs. Georgia (1976)
  4. 4. Added to Bills of Rights in 1791 Prohibits the federal government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines or cruel and unusual punishments, including torture. Eighth Amendment
  5. 5. Added in 1868 Most complicated and the one that has had the more unforeseen effects. The goal was to ensure that the Civil Rights Act passed in 1866 would remain valid ensuring that all persons born in the United States were citizens and were to be given “full and equal benefit of all laws.” 14th Amendment
  6. 6. Lethal Injection (most common) Electrocution Gas Chamber Hanging Firing Squad (Oaklahoma) Methods of Execution
  7. 7. Book: Assessment of Costs (2011) • JudgeAlarcon • Prof. Mitchell Totaled 4 billion since 1978 • $1.94 billion: pretrial and trial cost • $925 million: automatic appeals and state petitions • $775 million: federal appeals • $1 billion: costs of incarceration If convert death rows sentences to life without paraole • Immediate saving $170 million per year • In 20 years: $5 billion saving Cost of death penalty vs. Life without Parole CALIFORNIA
  8. 8. punishment is not justified by any good results, but simply by the criminal’s guilt. Criminals must pay for their crimes; otherwise an injustice has occurred. Furthermore, the punishment must fit the crime. the only punishment that is appropriate for the crime of murder is the death of the murderer. “Whoever has committed a murder must die Immanuel Kant:The Retributive Theory of Punishment
  9. 9. “morally justifiable and sometimes needs to be a punishment that is used to gain retribution.” “It ends the existence of those punished, instead of temporarily imprisoning them.” justice is when many of the guilty (as much as possible) are punished regardless of whether others have avoided punishment. “You’ll get what you deserved” ErnestVan Den Haag:The Ultimate Punishment: A Defense
  10. 10. “that it is good in principle to avoid the death penalty and bad in practice to impose it.” death penalty doesn’t deter future murderer Jeffrey H. Reiman: Against the death penalty
  11. 11. Tried to prove the unfairness and differences between white vs. black criminals and those who are better off financially vs. those in low income bracket. Example: if murderer was to kill a white person, he would have a higher chance in getting death penalty especially if the murderer is a black person. Those on death rows are from lower income individuals or blacks and therefore, death penalty is unjust since it is seen as being discriminate. Current case: Zimmerman vs. State of Florida Reiman --- continued

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