The death penalty creates a balance between the offender and the victim, his life forfeited to insinuate the balance between his crime and his punishment.The global community does not have political support for the death penalty with very few states using this form of punishment. However, the United States has a strong support of the punishment within its citizens, thus many of the states have legalized its use. While the debate about the use of the death penalty often does not include the concept of death, death itself is an end to suffering. Victims are often neglected for the sake of the rights of the offenders, with forgiveness being forced by the state and a sense of vengeance left unfulfilled, providing no closure for the families of victims. The death penalty is appropriate when crimes have created victims that have been heinously harmed, the lives of offenders taken in order to provide justice and closure to the families.According to Amnesty International, in 1977 there were only 16 countries in the world that did not support the death penalty. By 2009, this number had ballooned up to 139. Only 18 countries executed prisoners in 2009. China executed thousands of their prisoners, but because they will not release statistics to the world community, the exact number is unknown. Iran executed 388, Iraq executed 120, Saudi Arabia executed 69, and the United States executed 52 prisoners from death row. The United States was the only Western democracy to have put prisoners to death in 2009. The type of community that the United States tries to become, the enlightened society that is always the goal of our people, does not seem to be congruous with the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment. The other countries on the list seem to have no ideological parallels to the founding principles that formed the philosophy of the United States.According to a 2008 Galloppoll (Appendix 1), the people of the United States have been in steady support of the death penalty, except for a short window between 1963 and 1967 where the support of the death penalty wavered slightly and the supporting citizens and those against the death penalty crossed with both having figures in the forty percent range.
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