Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Criminal Justice

Advisor/Committee Chair

James Acker


Capital punishment has always remained a controversial topic in society, and lately has proved to be a contributing source to the political divide in our country. Moreover, our great nation was founded on the ideals of individualism and a distaste for large government and its overwhelming powers. As a result, our founding fathers established a society in which the people rule and the individual's needs are valued higher than the rest. This paper will cover the flaws in capital punishment, and how, although it may serve a certain purpose, its potential for failure is too considerable to remain a U.S. practice. Essentially, the risks that the death penalty presents violate traditional American values and ideals.