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Criminal Justice Ethics. Death penalty is a concept in criminal justice which refers to the sentence of death upon a person by the state as a punishment for an offence. It is also referred to as capital punishment and is usually recommended for capital offences. This paper examines ethical and unethical issues which underlies criminal justice in contemporary world. Criminal Justice Ethics.
Death penalty has numerous pros and cons which are explained in details, Capital punishment is ethical in regards to Morality, and this is because it honors human dignity by treating the defendant as a free moral actor and with ability to control its own destiny for ill or for good .It does not treat him immorally as an animal (Cindy, 2002). Criminal Justice Ethics.
Capital punishment is unethical on the grounds of race because it is evident that in most of the cases, such judgment is entered to African Americans, irrespective of the fact that African American make up to 13 percent of nation population, 50 percent of those in federal death penalties are African American (Statistics prove that two into three people executed in death penalty are racial minorities thus capital punishment should be discouraged (Cindy, 2002,)
In conclusion, upon analyzing the above pros and cons, death penalties are ethical in criminal and judicial system since it mainly helps society to curb social evils. This is because once used it helps in ensuring that criminal behaviors are reduced as people fear to be punished.
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