Angela Long Long1
ENGL 1213 Sec. 902
18 Feb 2012
Rough Draft A2
An Eye For An Eye
There is an ongoing debate about capital punishment verses life in prison. I am in favor of
capital punishment because it totally removes the possibility of an offender repeating his or her crime.
The main purpose of the death penalty is to protect the right of other Americans to live. In his
book, “The Law,” Frederic Bastiat writes, “Humans have inalienable rights that existed outside of and
before government. These rights are life, liberty, and property. When one person infringes on another's
rights, he must be punished. To do this, the punishment must be harsh enough to deter potential
criminals”(Bastiat). This punishment is of the harshest form, but it is necessary to maintain order.
There are many states in the United States where a convict can be released on parole after a
decade or more has passed. For example, sentences of “15 years to life” or “25 years to life” may be
given; this is called an “indeterminate life sentence” while a sentence of “ life without the possibility
of parole” is called a “determinate life sentence”. Even when a sentence specifically denies the
possibility of parole, government officials may have the power to grant amnesty or reprieves, or
commute a sentence to time served.
“If we execute murderers and there is then in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of
murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murderers,
we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would rather risk the former. This to me is
not a tough call.” John McAdams, Marquette University Department of Political Science on Deterrence
Robert Lee Massie was convicted on one count of first degree murder in the January 3, 1979
death of Boris G. Naumoff. A San Francisco County jury sentenced Massie to death on May 25, 1979.
Massie shot and...